Drop­box says 68 mil­lion user IDs stolen

The data was stolen four years ago but only now leaked onto the In­ter­net.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

CLOUD- BASED data stor­age com­pany Drop­box said that user IDs and pass­words of some 68 mil­lion clients were stolen four years ago and re­cently leaked onto the In­ter­net.

The com­pany said it had no in­di­ca­tion that any of its user ac­counts were im­prop­erly en­tered, and that it had no­ti­fied the users and made them re­set their pass­words on the ac­counts. The com­pany learned of the theft of the data only two weeks ago af­ter the 68 mil­lion user cre­den­tials were posted on­line, but in­di­cated it still does not know how or by whom.

“The list of e- mail ad­dresses with hashed and salted pass­words is real, how­ever we have no in­di­ca­tion that Drop­box user ac­counts have been im­prop­erly ac­cessed. We’re very sorry this hap­pened and would like to clear up what’s go­ing on,” the com­pany said in an e- mailed state­ment.

Drop­box be­lieves the cre­den­tials were taken in 2012. Af­ter learn­ing of the prob­lem, it said, “we then e- mailed all users we be­lieved were af­fected and com­pleted a pass­word re­set for any­one who hadn’t up­dated their pass­word since mid- 2012.”

“This re­set en­sures that even if these pass­words are cracked, they can’t be used to ac­cess Drop­box ac­counts.”

Drop­box warned users that if they had signed up for its ser­vices be­fore 2012 and had used the same pass­word else­where, they should change that as well to pro­tect the ac­count.

“Also, please be alert to spam or phish­ing be­cause e- mail ad­dresses were in­cluded in the list,” it said.

Drop­box early this year re­ported it had more than 500 mil­lion users who store and share busi­ness files, pic­tures and video, and all sorts of other data on its cloud servers. – AFP

If you had signed up for drop­box be­fore 2012 and used the same pass­word on other sites, you should change them as well. — drop­box

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