Hackers are targeting Netflix users

Taking advantage of the growing demand for videos in Covid-19, nearly 700 fake Netflix websites were created to steal users' personal information.

Netflix said that the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2020 had increased to 15.77 million, bringing the total number of global subscribers to 183 million. However, according to The Guardian, this streaming service is also becoming the target of cyber attacks, which is mainly a form of scam to collect user data.

Security firm Mimecast (UK) discovered about 700 pages with an interface similar to the Netflix homepage and Disney + has just been registered since April 6. Website impersonating the domain name containing the keyword "Netflix" such as login.netflix-activate, netflix-payment1 or netflix-usa makes many people think they are accessing the subscription service page of this streaming platform.

Hackers are targeting the personal information of Netflix users. Photo: Reuters.

"These fake sites often entice victims with gifts, incentives, and from there stealing personal information such as names, addresses, credit card numbers," said Carl Wearn, head of Mimecast.

Vietnam cybersecurity company VSEC explained that in order to entice users to click on a fraudulent link, a hacker pretending to be Netflix sends emails, messages with content such as requesting a payment method update, or "giving three months of viewing. free movie "to encourage home users to prevent a pandemic ... However, Netflix does not in fact offer any free services related to Covid-19.

Netflix representatives also recommend that users should be alert and not disclose passwords, credit card numbers, debit cards, PIN codes ... when you see the website has the same interface but the address is not Netflix.com, or when you receive an email, a message asking for personal information, or offering price incentives.