Criminals are currently taking advantage of the streaming boom resulting from the corona crisis and luring consumers to hundreds of fake Netflix and Disney + websites.
The security company Mimecast, according to one Guardian article Between April 6, 2020 and April 12, 2020, more than 700 of these fraudulent sites were found on the Internet.
Fake websites have increased rapidly since the beginning of April
Netflix users are the main victims: According to security researchers, Netflix is the fraudsters' biggest target, scratching a new user record due to Corona and dominating the streaming market.
Accordingly, the overwhelming majority of fake websites imitate the currently most popular streaming service.
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Disney Plus with a new user record
The fraudsters don't stop at Disney + either, even if Mimecast discovered only four new fraud websites for its offer in the week before Easter. Overall, according to Carl Wearn, Head of e-crime at Mimecast, there is a clear trend:
"We are seeing a dramatic increase in suspicious domains that mimic a variety of streaming giants for malicious purposes. These scam websites often attract unsuspecting people by offering a free subscription to then steal valuable data. The data includes names, addresses and other personal information, as well as stealing credit card details for financial gain. "
The streaming boom is causing many potential victims to fraudsters: Netflix and Disney + grew their user numbers rapidly as a result of the corona crisis because many people long for entertainment and distraction due to curfews and no-contact contacts.
The mass of new customers therefore offers the fraudsters an equally large number of possible victims. Even if it should be a matter of course, we therefore expressly warn you again at this point: Don't click on questionable links that promise free Netflix or Disney + subscriptions!