Dropbox-data breach
Dropbox denies breach- claims cloud service wasn’t hacked
October 15, 2014  //  By:   //  US News  //  Comments are off

by Carol Thompson

Cloud storage service Dropbox denies it was hacked and claims that many of the usernames and passwords posted on a website weren’t those of Dropbox users.

On Monday an anonymous hacker claimed to be in possession of seven million passwords to Dropbox accounts. The hacker posted approximately 400 usernames and passwords on anonymous note site Pastebin. Some Reddit users alleged that they were able to successfully log into Dropbox using the posted information before the leaked passwords were deactivated.

But Dropbox officials said that unrelated websites are the data source.

In a post on the company’s blog,  Dropbox security engineer Anton Mityagin, wrote, “Recent news articles 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.” It continues, “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.”

The anonymous author asked for community support in the form of Bitcoin currency. Bitcoin is a currency created in 2009 by someone using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. No banks are used to complete the transaction. The author has teased that more usernames and passwords will be published.


Image: Flickr: Ian Lamont


About the Author :

Carol Thompson is a veteran investigative reporter residing in central New York. She spent 23 years with a local newspaper, The Valley News, before leaving for the Syracuse New Times, and now, VNN. Thompson has won dozens of first-place awards for investigative reporting and was the 2006 recipient of the Syracuse Press Club’s prestigious Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award. Thompson’s reporting has resulted in the arrest of public officials and has prompted policy changes. She uncovered two money laundering schemes that traveled the globe and resulted in the indictments of several developers.

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