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Hackers breached more than 15,000 Roku users’ accounts recently, then reportedly sold those records for as little as 50 cents each.

In some cases, stolen credit card data was used to purchase streaming subscriptions, according to the online information security and technology news site BleepingComputer. Roku notified the California Department of Justice on March 8, saying the data breach occurred between Dec. 28 and Feb. 21.

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The San Jose company is a leading name among cord cutters, who use Roku-branded televisions or plug-in streaming devices to connect to Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Hulu, Netflix and all the popular streaming services. Roku also operates its own channel with free TV shows and movies.

Roku’s “security team recently detected suspicious activity that indicated a limited number of Roku accounts were accessed by unauthorized actors using login credentials obtained from third-party sources (e.g., through data breaches of third-party services that are not related to Roku),” Roku acknowledged in a statement emailed to AARP. “In response, we took immediate steps to secure these accounts and are notifying affected customers. Roku is committed to maintaining our customers’ privacy and security, and we take this incident very seriously.” 

As part of its investigation, the company determined that once gaining access to the stolen account credentials, the criminals “changed the Roku login information for the affected individual Roku accounts, and in a limited number of cases, attempted to purchase streaming subscriptions.”

No Social Security numbers, birth dates imperiled, Roku says

Roku claims that the hackers were not able to access customer Social Security numbers, full payment account numbers, dates of birth or other sensitive personal information. It also says it is continuing to monitor for signs of suspicious activity.

Company officials say they will reset passwords on any accounts where evidence suggests those accounts were part of the breach. In that case, you’ll be able to go to my.roku.com and use the Forgot password? option on the sign-in page.

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