Plex is a media streaming platform that allows you to stream movies, TV shows, live TV, and even videos, audio, and pictures from your home network. It is one of the most popular streaming services on the market.
The breach occurred when an unauthorized party accessed Plex’s internal systems. The breached systems held the emails and usernames of the victims, as well as encrypted passwords. TechCrunch states, “user account passwords are hashed — essentially scrambled in a way that makes them unreadable to humans.”
Plex has not released the cause of the breach yet, instead telling customers via email that it had “already addressed the method that this third-party employed to gain access to the system, and we’re doing additional reviews to ensure that the security of all of our systems is further hardened to prevent future incursions.”
This breach occurred on August 23rd, 2022.
The breach could impact any Plex users. The company hasn’t released who exactly was affected but did send emails to the affected customers to alert them to the violation. It’s also important to note that Plex did not make a public statement regarding the breach and did not post any warnings on its website or social media accounts.
Plex did not release how many people or files were affected by the breach, but Plex has 20 million subscribers. Any number of these people could be affected.