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Dropbox Dismisses Reports That 7M Accounts Were Hacked

by Killian Bell | October 14, 2014October 14, 2014 5:00 am PST

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This week hasn’t exactly started well for Dropbox. First there was the bug that deleted a whole bunch of users’ files, and then there were claims the service had been hacked, leaving almost 7 million accounts at risk. But Dropbox has now denied that the latter ever happened.

The reports began surfacing when an anonymous hacker claimed to have obtained 6,937,081 Dropbox email addresses and passwords. They published a small number of them on Pastebin and promised that more would follow after they had received Bitcoin donations. It seems, however, that the Dropbox service itself was not at fault.

“Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was hacked aren’t true,” Dropbox said in a blog post on Monday evening. “Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox.”

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Dropbox accounts are safe. Those who use the same username and password for everything online leave all of their accounts at risk in the event that just one of them is hacked. But Dropbox says it has checked the list of supposed account details and “these are not associated with Dropbox accounts.”

Drobox adds that it has “measures in place to detect suspicious login activity and we automatically reset passwords when it happens.” The company is also encouraging users to use different passwords for all of their accounts, and enable two-step verification where available for added security.

If you were worried your Dropbox account was vulnerable, then, it seems there’s no need. But for added peace of mind, you can always reset your password.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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