Popular cloud storage service provider, Dropbox has acknowledged that the security of some of its users’ accounts was compromised. The users were getting spam emails from hackers who managed to get their hands on the account details of the users of these compromised accounts.
The matter was escalated when some of the Dropbox users started receiving spam mails on their email accounts associated with their Dropbox account. The cloud storage service provider, however, took some time to find pout the root cause of the issue and has tried to fix it by helping the users improve their accounts’ security.
Dropbox has apologised to the users about the security breach through a blog post on their official blog saying, “Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts.”
Taking quick actions against the same, Dropbox has taken appropriate steps in notifying the affected users through email, urging them to change their passwords right away. Reportedly, the company has also asked the users to change the passwords of their other social media profiles including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail or any network for that matter that are attached with Dropbox or share common passwords.
Further, in the coming weeks, the company has confirmed to take following steps to beef up its security system:
Two-factor authentication system requiring a couple of identity proofs – password and a short-term code sent to the user’s mobile, while signing into the account.
Automated mechanisms that will help in identifying suspicious activities.
A new page that lets you examine all active logins to your account.
Changing Dropbox password
To change the password of your Dropbox account, click here and proceed as per the instructions.
- Dropbox confirms it was hacked, offers users help (news.cnet.com)