Dropbox has been compromised, here’s what you should do to be safe

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Cloud storage service Dropbox might have been compromised. Four files containing hundreds of usernames and passwords of Dropbox accounts in plain text have been posted by an anonymous user on pastebin.com, a website where you can share anything in plain text.

The hacker claims 6,937,081 dropbox accounts have been hacked and is demanding bitcoin donations to continue more leaks;

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MORE BITCOIN = MORE ACCOUNTS PUBLISHED ON PASTEBIN. As more BTC is donated, More pastebin pastes will appear. To find them, simply search for “DROPBOX HACKED” and you. Will see any additional pastes as they are published.” the hacker posted.

However, Dropbox is denying any hacks on the service. According to a statement sent to TheNextWeb, the cloud storage company blames third party services for any security breaches that could have resulted in the hack;

“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.”

What you can do

As with any online hacks, the first thing you want to do if you’re subscribed to that service is to change your password instantly. This will ensure that the hacks don’t get access to your data easily as your service provider does more beefing up.

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One thought on “Dropbox has been compromised, here’s what you should do to be safe

  1. Most of my colleagues and I work with cloud storage, either dropbox, one cloud , google drive or others. This is scary, because this is basically all our work and results (read thesis). But then again who would be interested in some “random” simulations and write-ups except of course they malicious delete the file in which case we are in trouble.
    Thanks for the update

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