Online streaming services were cyber attacked 30 billion times last year

Research conducted by Akamai Technologies reports that online streaming services witnessed data breaches over 30 billion times last year. This includes those companies streaming video and music content to online users.

The American Content delivery and Cloud services provider’s study named State of Internet/Security: Credential stuffing: Attacks and Economies- Special Media Report states that the hackers usually launch such attacks of credential stuffing genre in order to use the siphoned information such as login credentials on other sites in an assumption that users of online streaming services utilize the same usernames and passwords for multiple services.

Released this week at the NAB Cybersecurity and Content Protection Summit by Akamai CEO Patrick Sullivan, the security report highlights the fact that companies in media and entertainment sector along with those operating in online gaming sector are/will be the biggest targets of credential stuffing attacks in 2018-19.

Mr. Sullivan’s disclosure also mentions the fact that in Feb this year, video media sector across the world witnessed the world’s largest breaches in this history reporting siphoning of over 620 million user names and passwords and other records from over 16 organizations and sale of the info on the darknet.

As details from compromised accounts can be used to watch pirated content and for other means the demand for such data is said to be high on the dark web.

“In between May and Dec’18, the media, gaming and entertainment companies say 11.6 billion attacks. So, educating customers on not to use their usernames and passwords on multiple accounts should be practiced strictly by online streaming services”, says Sullivan.

Note– Many of the video streaming services providers have already made it mandatory for their users to go through the online tutorials available in their FAQS section in order to keep their consumers safe and secure from credential stuffing attacks.

Akamai report clearly states that hackers from the US, Russia, and Canada are the ones who are targeting users of streaming services. And astoundingly, US is also topping as a target, followed by India and Canada for credential stuffing cyber attacks.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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