Disney+ has launched in Australia but hopes of a fairytale opening have been overshadowed by reports accounts around the world have been compromised.
The highly anticipated streaming service went live in Australia today, following last week’s launch of the service in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands.
It was reportedly so popular internationally that there were more than 10 million sign-ups on the first day, although some have claimed their accounts have been commandeered by hackers who have changed emails and passwords – effectively locking them out.
ZDNet reported hackers wasted no time getting their hands on accounts, offering them for free on forums and selling them for as little as a cup of coffee within hours of launch.
The outlet reported that some who were hacked had used the same email-password combination they use for other websites – meaning their details may have already been compromised and were floating around the internet – while others said they had used fresh passwords.
Others may have been nabbed via keylogging or malware. A Disney spokesperson said there had been no security breach on its end.
“Disney takes the privacy and security of our users’ data very seriously, and there is no indication of a security breach on Disney+,” a company spokesperson told news.com.au.
Australian subscribers will have access to a stack of titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, plus television favourites and exclusive originals, including The Mandalorian, High School Musical and Lady and the Tramp.
The company is offering a free seven day subscription, and is then available for $8.99 a month or $89.99 for the year.