Tubi, the Legal Streaming Service, May Actually Allow Hackers into Your Computer
Tubi TV has been around since 2014, founded by Massoudi in 2011. It is an ad-supported streaming service with over 20,000 movies and TV shows to enjoy. All entertainment available on Tubi TV is absolutely free. But is there a catch?
Does Tubi TV allow Hackers into your computer?
Based on me and my friend’s experience of watching a movie on Tubi, my guess would be that visiting and watching movies on TubiTV.com can in fact allow a hacker into your computer. My friend actually experienced a hacker right in the middle of watching a movie through Tubi TV, unfortunately.
Although we are accustomed to only considering illegal streaming services as a way of getting a virus/malware on our computer, iPad or iPhone, legal streaming services may be a threat as well.
Signing up and watching Tubi streaming services may have let in a hacker on my friend’s computer
Just recently (March 21, 2022), me and my friend were watching Traffik with Paula Patton and Omar Epps on Tubi TV:
The time was roughly 2:00 am and we had passed the halfway mark of the movie, just past the scene when John was shot. Now, this was the first time my friend had used Tubi on her iPad device. I had just introduced Tubi to her the day before. I wanted to watch Traffik with her because Omar Epps was a favorite actor of hers; Tubi was the only online service that streamed it. Red flags presented themselves in relations to a hacker taking over my friend’s computer after the halfway mark:
- First, the window that housed the Tubi movie suddenly disappeared as she watched it and another window that was behind it strangely took its place. She had nothing to do with this window switch, as her hand was nowhere near the iPad device. She didn’t think too much about this change, and so she clicked out of the newly appeared window and went back to watching the movie.
- Second, two minutes later, she noticed something else strange, her pointer moved without her doing. She first thought that something moved her mouse, but after looking down at her mouse, she realized that the pointer was in fact controlled by someone else because there wasn’t anything around the mouse that could’ve caused it to move. She was immediately concerned.
- Next, she noticed that the pointer moved towards her name at the upper right hand corner of the Tubi interface, to view her profile. The hacker clicked her name and a dropdown menu appeared. Scary. The hacker moved the clicker down to her settings and she immediately got worried and did a hard shut down of her computer before the hacker got any further. Good job, my friend.
Never did I expect a legal streaming service that was acquired by Fox Corporation to allow hackers to enter a user’s account through streaming their movies. I am not 100% sure that Tubi was responsible for the hacker entering my friend’s iPad, but the hacker didn’t present their self until she streamed the Traffik movie through Tubi. She even has a virus/malware scanner that she runs periodically, so she is pretty sure that her computer didn’t have a virus or malware prior to joining Tubi.
Be careful, there are many cyber criminals who are impersonating Disney+, Hulu and Netflix
Hackers are attempting to take over your computer by tricking you into clicking on malicious files through emails. They are claiming to be one of the top online streaming services and requesting you to take actions accordingly. But once you click on any links they’ve provided in the email, your computer is then in danger for becoming infected with viruses and malware. Just using the name Netflix alone, there has been over 22,000 reported attempts to hack into computer devices and phones.
5 Things you should do if you have been hacked
- Change you password
- Scan your device for viruses and Malware
- Make sure your account details are accurate (especially shipping information)
- Notify others of this hack
- Check your inbox for possible other accounts that may have been created by hackers using your email address
The point of this article is to notify you that Tubi is perhaps unsafe when streaming their movies for free. They have a considerably extensive amount of movies and shows in which you can stream, which will definitely put a huge smile on your face, but don’t be so naïve. I’ve personally watched Tubi and haven’t had any hacking attempts, and there aren’t any reviews online, from my knowledge, that suggests that a user has been hacked through their Tubi account. However, there is a first time for everything. Or, this is the first time that Tubi has been possibly exposed as unsafe. Be careful. Even the most popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ have been hacked, as in the same manner as my friend’s account was hacked.
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