Sunday, 19 October 2014

Is your drop box password hacked or safe ?

Hackers claim to have stolen a database of almost 7 million Dropbox log-in credentials, but the company says its service was not hacked and that unrelated websites are the data source.
Dropbox is a popular cloud-based storage service.

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The incident is somewhat similar to the dumping of 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords online in September.
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The first data dump appeared recently in an anonymous post on Pastebin.com and contained 400
username and password pairs.

snapshot of pasted stuff on pastebin with passwords blanked here

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The author said that it’s only the “first teaser” of 6,937,081 hacked Dropbox accounts and asked for Bitcoin donations. The user also claimed to have access to photos, videos and other files from the compromised accounts. The account details have been pasted have been uploaded to pastebin.

What dropbox has to say

Dropbox, denies that a hack has taken place.
“Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts,” it said.
“We'd previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have expired as well.”
As a precaution, if you have a Dropbox account you should change your password immediately.
You should also ensure you have two-step (or two-factor) authentication enabled. If your password is compromised, such as in this breach, the second step means your account should remain safe.
 

Other optional password software that you might want to check out to keep your passwords safe are as below

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