In 2019, a huge black market of hacked streaming service accounts started to be sold online. With Hulu being one of the largest streaming services, it has also become one of the most popular hacking targets.
So, what is happening? How do hackers get your password and username? Let’s take a look, and then we will explain how you can find out if it is happening to you.
What is happening?
Hackers recently have found it extremely profitable to sell stolen usernames and passwords for services like Hulu. With little risk, hackers have found they can get access to thousands of accounts quickly and sell them for a few bucks each, which adds up when you are selling thousands of them.
How do hackers get your username and password?
Often, people are quick to blame the service for the hack, but typically the hack has nothing to do with breaking the security of Hulu.
There are a few main ways that hackers get your username and password. First, they break into a smaller site with weaker security and you happen to have used the same username and password on both Hulu and that other site. So, it is important that you don’t use the same password on every site.
The other way hackers are getting your username and password is by sending you fake emails asking you to sign into your Hulu account. These emails look official, but they are an attempt to hand over your username and password.
So, to protect yourself, don’t use usernames and passwords that go to services you pay for on random sites. Also be careful of emails asking you to sign in to change your password.
How to know if you have been hacked?
Wondering if you are already a victim and someone is using your Hulu account? Good news! Hulu makes it easy to find out. Hulu tracks everyone who uses your account and where they are from. All you have to do is go into the Managed Devices section of your account settings inside your Hulu account. There, you will be able to see if people using other devices are accessing your Hulu account. Hulu also now emails you when a new device was added so keep an eye on your emails for new devices you didn’t add.
If your account has been hacked, make sure to change your username and password. Also, think about using a different username and password for services you pay for.
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