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(ANSA) – MILAN, AUGUST 25 – The multimedia streaming platform Plex has claimed to have been the victim of hackers who would have had access to the information of at least 15 million users, half of its subscribers.

In the hands of hackers a database containing usernames, emails and passwords, the latter however protected by encryption and therefore not readable by third parties. The company, founded in 2009 in the United States, however, advised all 30 million subscribers to change passwords, to avoid problems. “Suspicious activity has been discovered on one of our databases,” reads an e-mail sent to those concerned. “We immediately initiated an investigation and it appears that a third party was able to access a limited subset of data with encrypted emails, usernames and passwords.” Plex remembers that passwords are protected information, difficult to translate by hackers. The company asks users who received the email to reset their password as soon as possible, disconnecting any devices connected to the account. The danger is in fact that users’ e-mail addresses can be used for phishing-type fraud message campaigns. In this regard, Plex reminds that the company never asks for sensitive data such as those relating to credit cards or bank accounts via e-mail. Plex, mostly popular in the United States, offers both streaming movies via a periodic fee and free content. At the end of 2019, the Plex Free plan was also launched in Italy.


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Source: Ansa

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