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

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.


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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16 Comments

1. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

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

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...

8. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Dropbox already invalidated those accounts.

3. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And that has something to do with?

15. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

5. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

9. kentas

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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).

10. AlikMalix unregistered

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

11. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

12. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

13. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

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

16. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

wtf i am scared

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