In internet on August 2, 2012 at 18:53
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Close on the heels of LinkedIn and Yahoo, now it is the turn of Dropbox to be hacked.
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.
In internet on September 15, 2011 at 09:48
If you are using your user name as your password, 43 percent of all password-guessing attempts simply re-entered the user name.
The top 10 most common passwords:
1. Your user name
2. Your user name followed by 123
In internet on May 24, 2011 at 07:04
A Gmail confirmation scam email is going around, asking you to verify your Gmail account. “Dear Account User,” the request starts out – and goes on to say that you need to confirm your Gmail account, or it will be closed down. Of course, the language is wrong, and it wasn’t even necessarily sent to your Gmail account, but still, people will be taken in by this scam, which asks for your account username and password, your date of birth, and your country of residence. Here’s the scam reproduced in full – if you get this, don’t reply!
“Dear Account User
This Email is from Gmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Gmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Gmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted.We are sending you this email to so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account.If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name,password,date of bith and your country information would be needed to verify your account.
Due to the congestion in all Gmail users and removal of all unused Gmail Accounts, Gmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.
* Username: …………………………
* Password: …………………………..
* Date of Birth: ……………………….
* Country Or Territory: …………….
After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences. Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.”
|Summary: A Gmail confirmation scam email is going around, asking you to verify your Gmail account. “Dear Account User,” the request starts out – and goes on to say that you need to confirm your Gmail account, or it will be closed down. Of course, the language is wrong, and it wasn’t even necessarily sent to your Gmail account, but still, people will be taken in by this scam, which asks for your account username and password, your date of birth, and your country of residence. Here’s the scam reproduced in full – if you get this, don’t reply!
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