There's one thing we can always count on at the end of a long day of work or taking care of the kids and that is kicking back and watching our favorite show on Netflix. Currently I am obsessed with Parenthood. Past favorites are Friday Night Lights, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, Santa Clarita Diet...I could go on and on. But now hackers seem to have caught onto our obsession with binge-watching and are using it to target us for our personal information.
Be on high alert for any email that you receive from Netflix that says that your billing information needs to be updated because it has become invalid. (I know if there is one bill that I am going to make sure that I pay each month it is Netflix.) If you clink on the link in this Netflix phishing scam it will appear as if you have landed on the actual Netflix website, but it is really a spoofed Netflix page that asks for your first and last name, date of birth, billing address, the name on the credit card and card number, expiration date and security code. If you enter that information, you will then see a screen that says your account has been reactivated. But by that time the cyber criminals have your information and can start using it in myriad of bad ways from making credit card charges and opening up new various accounts using your credentials to using the information you've provided to further hack into your bank account or even the company where you work.
If you realize you've already been a victim of the scam Netflix advises the following:
- Change your Netflix password to a new, unique one.
- Update your password on any other websites where you used the same email and password.
- Contact your financial institution if any payment information was entered, as it may have been compromised.
- Forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the steps above.
Remember, cyber attacks can come from anywhere. The criminals will likely use the topics that you care about the most to try and trick you. Remain up-to-date on cybersecurity education and stay vigilant!