Nefarious Types Are Pinching Netflix Details And Flogging Them Off For 25c

PIRATES. Pirates bloody everywhere, I tell you. Getting all up in your shipping channels. Plundering your booty of exotic spices and the like.

And internet piracy is still just as rife as ever, even in the age of readily available Netflix. So much so that the more extreme end of the scale has turned its attention away from sucking down all three seasons of hit ABC series SeaChange (Diver Dan for LIFE), and is instead now focused on spiriting away the very Netflix accounts people now rely on, right from under their noses.
The rise of ransomware is a curious, if not rare and mildly inconvenient, presence on the internet as of late. And it is literally goods as advertised: Personal account details are whisked away and encrypted by nefarious types, and then offered back to the original owner in exchange for a handsome fee.
They’re also whisking away Netflix account information in bulk, selling it on to an additional nefarious type for as little as 25 cents a pop, with the accounts then on-sold on the “black” market for around $1 per month each.
And apparently Australia is high on the list of target countries, due in large part to our high disposable income (meaning we’ll fork over more to get our biz back), and our general laissez-faire attitude towards keeping our things locked down.
The new groups operating as ransomware types are also apparently getting more sophisticated, and working more like a structured business than a series of rogue traders.
Symantec security dude Nick Savvides stated that surveillance being done on the groups shows how structured they’ve become.

“You can see them take weekends off. They’re operating as a business.”

WEEKENDS OFF, you guys. Amazing. Simply amazing.

Of course, the best way to prevent any of this happening to you is to protect yo’ shit.
You know, keep your passwords strong. Don’t open suspicious links, etc.
But then again if you’re still rocking password123 and wilfully clicking links in spam emails in the year of our lord two-thousand-and-sixteen then you might be best served to limit your technological access to “Minesweeper or less.”
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