Moscow, November 19 — “News. Economy” Unidentified attackers hacked thousands of user accounts streaming service Disney+ and put them up for sale on Reddit and other online forums.
The video streaming service Disney+ was launched on 12 November this year and only for a day managed to collect about 10 million customers. Run Disney+ has suffered from technical problems due to the large number of users, however, this was not the only problem.
The reason was that the hackers massively breached in the accounts and merge them into a shared network, reports Business Insider. Some members wrote on Twitter that their account is blocked, but also that Disney have a problem with security accounts.
Reddit and other online forums were filled with records from hackers, which were distributed free of charge account data Disney + or sold them. Some of them were for sale a few hours after the launch of the streaming service.
Criminals sold account at the price from $3 to $11, while a monthly subscription streaming service costs about $7. According to the publication ZDNet, some of the attackers were offered free access to accounts for shared and sharing community.
Let’s remind, the service has already attracted 10 million users with new series such as “Star wars”, “Mandalore,” and old favorites — the films of Pixar. For comparison, Netflix has more than 150 million subscribers, while Hulu is 28 million.
Strong performance, adding $18 billion to the market capitalization of Walt Disney, are promoting the company to the market leaders in streaming video. Platform Disney+ started with a large collection of about 500 movies and 7,500 episodes of the TV series. The announcement was made in April, as the price of the subscription at $6.99 a month, which is twice cheaper than rival Netflix.
During the first week will be available free of charge trial period. The content can be downloaded and viewed offline. In addition, for $12.99 per month — the cost of a standard plan for Netflix in the U.S. — Disney offers bundled subscription to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu. Also in India, Disney offers streaming service Hotstar, which in the future should be extended to other parts of Asia.
As for the list of compatible devices, from the first day Disney+ you can enable and look at the following platforms: Amazon-FireOS and FireTV, Apple iOS, Android/Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, LG webOS and Samsung’s Tizen OS. The company also announced that in the future no plans to release data about subscribers Disney+ outside quarterly report of The Walt Disney Company.
Disney+ is a service for streaming movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and others. According to Apptopia, mobile apps, Disney+ for Android and iOS downloaded over 3.2 million members and came in first place in digital app stores. Similar results were achieved given the fact that the service is earned only in three countries — the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands.
Just one day users spent 1.3 million hours watching content on Disney, said in Apptopia, more than on Prime Video Amazon.com Inc, but less than 6 million hours on Netflix.
“The success of Disney needs to silence those skeptics that have raised doubts about the company’s participation in the streaming initiative, said namely Ranganathan, media analyst Bloomberg Intelligence. — It took about four years to HBO reached about 10 million subscribers.”
With such an intense pace of implementation of Disney can achieve its goal of 60 million to 90 million subscribers worldwide in just a few months, if not weeks, and certainly well before the original goal of the company to 2024, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives. This, of course, bad news for traditional streaming platforms like Netflix, who have competing services Disney and Apple have taken away about 10% of the audience.
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