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Plex Requests Password Changes Following a Data Breach

Streaming Media Powerhouse Plex has recently confirmed the data breach and has warned users to change their passwords. Read here to know more.

Plex Asks Users To Change Passwords After A Recent Data Breach
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

Plex is a Media Powerhouse founded in 2009 in Los Gatos, California. They have more than 30 million registered users. They allow customers to stream all their shows on one platform hosted by their servers. Plex is an American giant often compared with Netflix in the states.

Plex on Tuesday discovered a Data Breach and in a public statement revealed that “a limited subset of data that includes emails, usernames, and passwords was breached.” 

Now let’s get acquainted with the basic terms regarding a data breach 

What is Plex?

Plex Asks Users To Change Passwords After A Recent Data Breach
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

This is an application similar to Netflix, it is a one-place stop to find and see all the media that matters to you. 

Plex like Spotify is available for free and has a premium service called Plex Pass.

What is a Data Breach?

This is the violation of one’s security wherein sensitive, confidential and private data of someone is viewed, copied, transmitted, and stolen by an unauthorized individual.

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How is a Data Breach caught?

All platforms for safety have a Breach Detection System (BDS), this is like an antivirus for them. 

The BDS is a group of applications and algorithms securities designed to detect any unusual malware activity when a breach has occurred.

Coming back to the Plex Data Breach,

Plex Vice President of the engineering sector Mr. Ullman told TechCrunch that the passwords are safe as they are hashed and scrambled in such a way that it is unrecognizable to the human eye. The passwords are protected by cryptographic systems making it even harder for the hacker to get the passwords in data form.

While the only foreseeable good news is that the credit card and payment details are not stored on the server so they are one of the only private pieces of information which is 100% safe.

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Plex Data Breach

Plex Asks Users To Change Passwords After A Recent Data Breach
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

On the night itself Plex had sent an email to all of its users advising them to change their passwords. While some could face issues to which Plex has addressed the concerns and are hoping the matter to be sorted out soon.

Plex hasn’t officially used the term breach and has been silent about the whole issue on their website and socials. Plex spokespersons are also avoiding questions regarding the same.

A lot is to be known about the Data Breach incident, this has instilled fear among American users regarding their password protection. Events like this show us how important it is to have a Two Factor Authentication turned on to be safe during such times making your data a fortress guarded by fierce tech.

Have you turned on Two Factor Authentication or are you waiting for a breach?

Sources: Techcrunch.com, and Pcmag.com

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Rohan Gandhi is a Business and Finance News Analyst and Content Writer at Empire Weekly. He is a young content writer with inherent zen of creativity specializing in sports and financial topics, looking to make content simple and informative. Explaining content in a way readers understand.

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