How much is your streaming account worth?
In fact, more and more people seem to do so. And it’s no wonder – choosing what you want to watch and when definitely has a lot of pros. With its rise in popularity it should come as no surprise that account theft for those (and other) online services is hot, too. So how much would one have to pay to get access to someone else’s account? Apparently not much.
According to The Register “premium sports accounts sell for about $10 while streaming TV can be bought for as low as 50 cents, far less than the $10 monthly subscription.
Comic fans can buy a stolen Marvel Unlimited lifetime account – meaning the victim is unlikely to shutter it – for 50 cents compared to the $10 monthly fee.”
The Marketplace, which is accessible via the Tor network, also offers premium Spotify, ComCast Xfinity, Uber, Apple, and Lynda training video accounts as well as drugs, weapons, malware, and of course credit cards.
The stolen accounts also come with some care instructions for the “new” (and apparently not too bright) owners: Make sure not to change the email address or the legitimate owner will notice.
So, now that you know how much your account might be worth out there in the wild (not a lot apparently, compared to what you are paying for it), you should make sure that it remains your own and will not be sold to who knows how many other people.
- Make sure you are using a good antivirus that will guard your PC from trojans, keyloggers, and other malware.
- Use a unique password for each of your accounts. Make it a good one.
- Change your password regularly.