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Now Dropbox are hacked

August 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Dropbox are the latest Cloud provider to suffer hacking of some of their users’ log-in details!

According to an article in ITPro, Dropbox have admitted that a number of their users had been spammed ‘following a breach of its infrastructure that led to a number of accounts being compromised’.

Dropbox blame the breach on usernames and passwords, that had recently been stolen from other websites, also being used to sign in to a ‘small’ number of Dropbox accounts. Though they also admit “A stolen password was used to access an employee Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses”!

However, reassurance comes from Neil Cook, chief technology officer of security company Cloudmark, who described the hacking as “unsophisticated”. He went on to say “The offending messages were hitting a handful of spammy fingerprints at once. If this were an exam, the spammer would receive an ‘ungraded’ mark for lack of message complexity or originality.”

Well, as long as Dropbox base their security measures on the likely incompetence of would-be hackers, then I for one, am suitably reassured!

However, my tip would be to be a little more cautious and use a third party encryption software, such as TrueCrypt or AxCrypt  to protect any sensitive files you might want to entrust to their safe keeping.

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