The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned that British internet users must act now to protect their streaming accounts in preparation for a summer of sport.
Streaming accounts can hold large amounts of personal and financial information that would be valuable to threat actors, who could harvest these to make fraudulent payments or follow up with phishing scams.
“The UEFA Champions League final will kick off a great British summer of sport and those enjoying it online should be able to do so securely. If accounts aren’t secure, it’s really easy for criminals to access them and then proceed to target people with scam texts and emails,” said Nicola Hudson, Director of Policy for the NCSC.
“To help stay protected from this, we would urge people to visit cyberaware.gov.uk for advice on securing accounts and devices and the NCSC’s website for dealing with scam emails and texts.”
The NSCS has recommended that users change their passwords to a stronger credential to reduce the risk of credential stuffing. Two-factor authentication and switching on automatic updates for apps are also recommended to further mitigate the risk, as well as to keep an eye on email accounts. Should these be hijacked, attackers could easily reset and change passwords, locking you out altogether.
The past year has seen a spike in the use of streaming services, which has also presented opportunities for threat actors. In April, Mimecast detected the registration of over 700 suspicious domains designed to impersonate Netflix over the course of just one week.