7 Million Dropbox Accounts Compromised, Change Your Password

7 Million Dropbox Accounts Compromised, Change Your Password

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This year seems to be a very successful one for hackers with compromise data, and as such a very unfortunate year for users. Recent stories regarding the iCloud and Snapchat attacks only reiterate how we should frequently check and change our passwords and, if possible, enable two factor authentication. Folks on Reddit discovered a massive leak of Dropbox user names and passwords that could potentially be quite harmful to XDA and the Android community as a whole.

Reddit users claim that 7 million accounts have been compromised. But according to their official statement, this was a result of unrelated third party services, rather than a direct hack on Dropbox servers. That said, there is a somewhat large chance that your account may have been compromised, so we strongly recommend changing your associated email address and password, as well as enabling two factor authentication to hamper attempted data breaches in the future.

Dropbox’s leak is similar to the previous Snapchat breach. In a public statement made by Dropbox and its hosting company, some third party services are to be blamed.

Dropbox has not been hacked. 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.

Dropbox stated that its engineers performed password resets on all accounts with suspicious activity a few months back. You can read about properly securing your Dropbox account by heading to their official website.

[via The Next Web, TheVerge]