The Australian authorities have detained the individual, as he was found to have made more than US$ 200,000 through sale of entertainment platform accounts
As the world become keeps getting more dependent on internet services, unscrupulous methods to earn monetary benefits over the medium keep surfacing. Hacking is a serious problem, and realizing that, most governments across the globe are implementing strict regulatory measures for internet practices. Now in a bizarre scheme of events, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), have arrested a man for online sale of login credentials for entertainment platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify, to name a few.
The Australian authorities refrained from naming the individual. He was found to be selling these accounts through a site he created named WickedGen.com. A 21 year old resident of Sydney, Australia, the man advertised that his site contained access to more than one million user accounts, across various platforms. It has been reported that the Australian police were informed about the website by the FBI, in 2018. Upon investigation, it was found that the site had more than 120,000 users, including international accounts, paying a premium to avail the service.
The modus operandi with which the accused went about his business, reaffirms the popular opinion of creating unique password for each account. The man made use of a process called credential stuffing to obtain the login information. In this process, a hacker uses credentials from one security breach, and tried to emulate, or ‘stuff’ them across other platforms. The individual has now been arrested and his website has also been taken down by the authorities. The AFP officials stated that they found and seized “electronic materials and various amounts of cryptocurrencies”, from the man’s home. The AFP raid officially put an end to the individuals business, which has thus far generated AU$300,000 (US$ 211,000).