Streaming services again increasingly targeted by cybercriminals

Streaming-Dienste wieder verstärkt im Visier von Cyberkriminellen

Cyber Threats

Phishing URLs targeting Netflix users increased by over 640 percent

Netflix, YouTube or Play Suisse. Streaming services experienced a real boom last year. But caution is needed, because cybercriminals are exploiting our new habits.

in 2020, we spent a lot of time at home and on the Internet. This pleased not only online stores, streaming services and providers of online games, but also hackers. Cybercriminals are specifically exploiting our new habits. According to KuppingerCole-an international analyst firm-the volume of global cyber attacks increased by about 240 percent during the pandemic. Streaming services in particular are being targeted. Phishing URLs targeting Netflix users increased by over 640 percent compared to 2019. Those targeting YouTube even increased by over 3,000 percent.

Merging private and professional life

What is bad for private individuals can threaten the existence of companies. According to a study by HP, 70 percent of office workers use the company computer for private activities such as:

  • Opening personal email attachments or web pages: 55 %
  • Online shopping / Surfing the Internet: 52 %
  • Visiting personal social media pages: 45 %
  • Watching online streaming services: 36 %
  • Play games: 27 %

Hollywood star warns of hacker attacks

This is a found food for hackers. So you can penetrate through the backdoor “home office” into companies. Decentralized employees are no longer adequately protected by the company firewall. Therefore, the protection of end devices outside the company networks is all the more important. In the latest HP Wolf Security video, Hollywood actor Christian Slater shows with a wink what can happen in the company network if a wrong link is clicked on the laptop at home.

Six tips for more cyber security at home

Often people are the weakest link in cyber defense. That’s why there are some simple but effective rules of conduct to protect yourself from hackers. Six tips from Stefan Dydak, HP’s security expert:

  • Install a firewall, an antivirus program and the latest updates on all your devices (router, PC, smartphone, printer, etc.).
  • Separate personal and business use of devices.
  • Keep your Internet of Things devices at home (Alexa, Smart TVs, game consoles, etc.) on a guest network and your corporate devices on your home network. Make sure that both WIFI and router are protected with a strong password.
  • Lock your computer screen (Win + L key combination) when you leave it, cover your camera when not in use, and configure all your devices to enable only the functionality you need (e.g. Bluetooth).
  • Use multifactor authentication provided by your employer. This should include special software and/or physical tokens.
  • When you connect to your corporate network, you use VPN access.

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