Finder.com.au Developer Arrested Flogging Cheap access To Spotify & Netflix
Leading Australian comparison site finder.com.au are today looking to manage the backlash after one of their web developers was arrested in a joint Federal Police and FBI operation.
Finder developer, Evan Leslie McMahon was arrested yesterday accused of making over $300,000 selling stolen log-in details for streaming services including Netflix and Spotify he had only worked for Finder for 14 months.
These are the same services that Finder.com.au promote on their web site in Australia.
ChannelNews understands that the FBI worked closely with Netflix and Spotify to identify the genuine users Vs the compromised users. At this stage it’s not known whether any end users who took advantage of McMahon’s offers will be charged with obtaining a benefit by deception.
There is no evidence of any collusion between Finder and McMahon who has been charged with a raft of offences after an investigation on the Dark Web revealed that McMahon was selling access to Netflix for as cheap as $2.00 after he accessed details previously leaked by other hackers, then made hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling the details in a practice known as “credential stuffing”.
Australian Federal Police working in partnership with the FBI and Netflix investigators claim that the $2 access was sold via a web site called WickedGen, allowing purchasers form around the world to access Spotify, Netflix or Hulu accounts using other peoples identity for less than a quarter of the price charged by these companies.
In Australia Spotify can cost over $13 a month to access while Netflix charges $13.99 for a high definition service.
The web site claimed to have over 120,000 users and access to one million sets of account details from unknowing victims from around the world.
McMahon was arrested at his Dee Why home. During the arrest, police also seized electronic materials and cryptocurrencies.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr McMahon worked at Finder.com.au as a web developer, as well as running his own web development company.
A Finder.com.au spokesperson said Mr McMahon’s employment was terminated following his arrest.
McMahon has been charged with the alleged use of false identities and cybercrime offences.
Mr McMahon is due to face Downing Centre Local Court on May 7.