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7 million Dropbox usernames and passwords released; Dropbox denies that it was hacked

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7 million Dropbox usernames and passwords released; Dropbox denies that it was hacked
Despite claiming that it has not been hacked, file storage service Dropbox has had up to 7 million usernames and accompanying passwords stolen. 400 were leaked to Pastebin, and after receiving some requested bitcoin donations, the hacker released more usernames and passwords. At this stage, it is unknown how the hacker was able to obtain the information.

A Dropbox spokesperson said Tuesday morning, that the usernames and passwords were stolen from other services. The majority of passwords, according to Dropbox, had expired a long time ago. It is unclear at this hour how many usernames and passwords actually opened up a Dropbox account.

"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

Even so, to better protect yourself, your best bet is to turn on two-step verification for Dropbox and other similar file storage systems. The two-step verification combines a password with a six-digit security code that is sent through your phone every time you enter your password. Additionally, Dropbox suggests that you use strong unique passwords when the need to create one rises.

Last week, a third party Snapchat webclient was believed to be responsible for the leak of 100,000 pictures that were said to contain teenage pornography. And two times in recent months, a large number of personal pictures taken by celebrities were hacked, even though the celebrities thought many of the pictures had been deleted. In those two cases, Apple's iCloud was blamed.


source: Dropbox via TNW via Engadget

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posted on 14 Oct 2014, 01:47

1. aBoss (Posts: 105; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


I would think they would encrypt the password.. sigh sad

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:00 5

2. breathlesstao (unregistered)


One would think sites reporting it would not, at least, advertise it any further by posting screenshots with the login details visible...

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:48

8. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Wow I agree whether the password is right or not at least blur it before reposting it. SMH.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 12:28

14. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Dropbox already invalidated those accounts.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:08

3. dimas (Posts: 1970; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


And dropbox wanted to be pre-installed in Xperia phones jeez.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:17 1

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


And that has something to do with?

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 14:09 1

15. dimas (Posts: 1970; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


You're kinda slow to get it no? If you're Sony, would you still want a cloud storage app with questionable security flaws be part of your gadget that may compromise your consumer's data? Please see the word "iCloud" for reference.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:32 1

5. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Apple, Snapchat, Dropbox,.... who is next?

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:51 1

9. kentas (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


forgot to add Google gmail accounts? ;) next will be MS i think.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:34 1

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The infamous "other sites" and "third party apps" -- today's security theatre lingo for passing the blame for having crap security onto some nameless strangers.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:45

7. Planterz (Posts: 2036; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I value my security as much as the next trusting idiot, but frankly, people that hack my Dropbox account are welcome to my Xposed modules, Nexus 4 kernels, and pictures I took of of lizards (not a euphemism).

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:56 1

10. AlikMalix (Posts: 5231; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


That's what I always say - come on it, look around, copy if you must, just dont delete or move anything....

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 05:40

11. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Seriously.. most people seems to be idiots.. as long as there is a system, there is always a way to get around. There is no chance in hell that any cloudstorage is safe, and you are really dumb to believe that.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 06:17

12. Awalker (Posts: 1431; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Is there a way to check to see if your account was accessed from different devices?

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 12:07

13. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


I think it notifies you doesn't it? at least I thought it did when I linked it to another computer

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 15:53

16. andriodfanboy1 (Posts: 18; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


wtf i am scared

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