Cybercriminals, this time, have targeted a platfrom that is home for millions of users, NETFLIX! Who could ever think of the safest place to be attacked by terrorists? The same happened to the users of Netflix. Are you a Netflix user? Have you recently got the mail from Netflix? Oh! Do not open that mail! First, go through this small piece of information, this might save you from a phishing attack.
A security provider Armorblox has revealed that an unlike threat that is potential enough to convince the users of Netflix to share their critical details including credit card information. This threat is coming in the form of phishing mail. (Phishing is a cybercrime in which the targets(here Netflix users) are contacted by email, telephone, or text message to attract individuals into giving sensitive data)
What actually happening is, Netflix user receives a mail seems to be from Netflix account, with the subject “Notice of Verification Failure”. It is mentioned in the mail to carry out the process within the next 24 hours. The mail contains a link that takes the user to a functioning CAPTCHA page that comes with Netflix. If the user fills in the correct CAPTCHA, he/she will be navigated to the false site (seems a lot to be like Netflix). As the user enters any information here, it would be stolen by hackers like billing information, credit card information, or personal information. Once they get your details, they can log in from your account. Thousands of Netflix accounts have become victims of such attacks from hackers.
The prevailing circumstances are such that on any arbitrary day you may pose the question ‘Was Netflix hacked today?’ and the answer is yes!’
The users have fallen prey for such mails as they bypass all mail filters as well ad can not be easily detected.
Then, How the scam is Detected…
There are a few mistakes these cybercriminals have done:
- The first one is there are several links, such as “need help” or “Sign up now”. If you click on these links, the page only reloads and does to take you to another page.
- The second one is the URL. Once you reload this page, The URL of the website is axxisgeo.com, instead of Netflix.com.
Before you go…
To know if your account is hacked,
- you can go to Viewing activity section and check out the recent activity carried out from your account.
- You can also check ‘Recent device streaming activity’ to check any fake Netflix logins from a different location.
Apart from these two if your password has changed and you are not able to log in then this is a clear sign of cyberattack.
Now, what precautions you can take…
- Never click on a URL from the mail. Instead, directly enter the URL and carry out the process.
- Never download any attachment from such kind of suspicious emails.
- Change passwords after a regular interval of time.
Stay Safe from Phishing attacks! In the case of any doubts, it’s always better to reach customer care service.