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Streaming services are being hit hard by hackers, Akamai says

April 08, 2019 / Ben Munson

Netflix, Hulu and others are being targeted at an alarming rate by hackers testing out stolen login credentials, according to a new study from Akamai Technologies.The company today released findings from its "State of the Internet / Security: Credential Stuffing: Attacks and Economies" report, and it shows that online video and music streaming services are being hit hard by big credential abuse attacks.Akamai said that three of the largest credential stuffing attacks against streaming services last year – which ranged in size from 133 million to 200 million attempts – took place shortly after reported data breaches, indicating hackers were likely testing stolen credentials before selling them, according to a news release. The company said credential stuffing is when automated tools are used with stolen login information to attempt to gain access to user accounts on other online sites. “Educating subscribers on the importance of using unique username and pass...