In yet another serious security breach for a popular software platform following “The Fappening” and “The Snappening,” a hacker claims to have stolen over seven million usernames and passwords for the cloud-based storage and sharing service Dropbox.
Dropbox was quick to say that their servers were not hacked, and that what happened (similar to Snapchat) was that a third party program was to blame:
“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.
Attacks like these are one of the reasons why we strongly encourage users not to reuse passwords across services. For an added layer of security, we always recommend enabling 2 step verification on your account.”
It’s becoming increasingly clear that nothing is truly safe on the Internet, especially if you don’t take extreme precautions to protect your passwords and other personal information. Basically, you have to make a choice: stop taking nude photos, or come up with really elaborate passwords and usernames so it’s really hard to steal them. Let's hope for the latter.
[via Huffington Post]