Synamedia: Pirate tactics evolve, credential abuse soars

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Each month, Piracy Monitor contributes an article to the industry journal Fierce Video.  This month’s article describes new tactics used by video pirates that have emerged post-coronavirus, with reporting from Synamedia.

Read the article on Fierce Video

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But wait, there’s more

Among Synamedia’s findings was an increase in the number of posts containing credentials for OTT services that are VOD-centric, “ranging from 122% to an astounding 1,027% for one of the most popular OTT services.”

But space didn’t allow for some further details.  Increases appeared to be greatest during March, and more modest during April.   Disney+ had a linear increase from month to month, while Hulu jumped in march and flattened somewhat in April.

Data source: Synamedia, May 2020

Interestingly, the pay TV services were the least forwarded of the group.  By looking at numbers alone, it’s hard to know whether it’s because the pay TV companies are less targeted by pirates, or because their anti-piracy countermeasures are better.


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