Popular online cloud storage service Dropbox accounts have been compromised. What’s worse? There’s a threat of more to come. The incident first came into light when thousands of usernames and passwords for online document-sharing site Dropbox were published on an anonymous information-sharing website – Pastebin. The hackers alleged they had with them the details of 7 million Dropbox accounts and demanded for Bitcoin donations in exchange for the release of more login details.
Dropbox accounts compromised
If the statement issued by hackers is to be believed then, it’s likely that only those accounts associated with email addresses which start with “B” have been compromised for now. The hacking appears very much similar in action to Snappening that occurred last Friday. We will update you as more information becomes available.
Meanwhile, DropBox has issued a statement to allay the fears of Dropbox users. Here’s what it says,
“These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as well”.
The cloud storage service is reportedly forcing a reset of every user’s password. As a precaution, it’s recommended that users check and change their Dropbox password if necessary. It’s wise to change it to a strong password if it’s medium in strength and practical to enable 2-factor authentication on your account. That said, the service is currently struggling to process password changes.
Dropbox was started six years ago and since then has witnessed exponential growth amid the rise of cloud (expected to continue flourishing).