Dropbox users – time for a password update?

Rachel Tierney Business News, Security 0 Comments


According to a hacker, close to seven million usernames and passwords have been stolen for the very popular cloud based sharing and storage server, Dropbox.

A poster uploaded a series of links onto reddit in the early hours of this morning UK time that are thought to contain users login information. At the time, reddit users confirmed that some of these usernames and passwords worked, although Dropbox did later on confirm that they had looked into the claim and posts, and this wasn’t the case at all.

However, Dropbox have still had to work hard to dispel the news of a potential hacking crisis, with Anton Mityagin, from the security team at Dropbox stating on a blog post that the servers were not hacked.

Anton says; “Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was hacked aren’t true. Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox. Attackers then used these stolen credentials to try to log in to sites across the internet, including Dropbox. We have measures in place to detect suspicious login activity and we automatically reset passwords when it happens.”

For security, it is probably a good idea for you to change your password anyway, even though Dropbox themselves are saying there is no risk – it is better to be safe than sorry, especially in light of all the recent celebrity hackings.

It is pretty simple to do – log into your account, select settings and then security. From here you can change your password and also enable two step verification, which is well worth considering.

After all, you should do all you can to keep your data, and that of your clients, colleagues and friends, safe.


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As Head of Social here at Seriously Helpful, I guess it is only right to describe myself as a social butterfly and someone that is chatty enough to rival Alan Carr. Constantly researching and reading, I often ping the rest of the team late night emails about the changes in Google and the latest social platforms – you have been warned! However I do have the odd tendency to lock myself away with my Apple devices, a book (currently reading The Shining), or boxset (currently fully engrossed in Orange Is The New Black) when I am not working in the evening or cooking – I like cooking!

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