Dropbox is the latest big name to be hacked. The cloud storage service has admitted that hackers got hold of an internal document listing users' account details, and unleashed a spam attack.
Dropbox confirms a 'small number' of users have had their Dropbox accounts breached by hackers. The service claims that the usernames and passwords were stolen from another site and used by wrong'uns to access the online storage accounts.
But somehow ne'er-do-wells also managed to get into a Dropbox employee's account, getting their hands on an internal project document listing user email addresses.
These addresses were then hit with spam. Affected users knew the spam originated from a problem at Dropbox because the unwanted messages flooded email accounts only associated with their Dropbox account.
Dropbox promises to introduce two-factor authentication in the next few weeks, so you need to enter two identifying elements such as a password and a temporary code sent to your phone. Other security measures include mechanisms within the site that try and automatically spot suspect behaviour, and a new page that shows you details of all the recent occasions that someone has logged into your account.
The fact that the user details were culled from other sites highlights the importance offor all your different online accounts, even if it is a pain in the Dropbox.
Business-minded social networkwas recently hacked, while the PlayStation Network has had more after last year's . Meanwhile a earlier this year for breaking into Facebook.
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