No hack hurts as much as one that has a person’s security and privacy as the primary target, and it’s even more painful when your privacy is actually breached and your information leaked online. This is one of the many hacks I have heard about in recent times, and this just proves how much more these companies need to do to protect users.
I used ‘recent’ in the above sentence, not because Dropbox was hacked some days back, but because the encrypted passwords were leaked some days back. Information reaching us proved that’s the hack was carried out in 2012.
The top cloud storage firm has woken up to see over 68million users’ email addresses and passwords leaked on the internet. Dropbox had reported that a collection of users’ email addresses was stolen, but it didn’t state that the passwords were also stolen. Security notification service, LeakBase was the first to pick the database after which it sent it to Motherboard.
Troy Hunt, an independent security researcher verified the data discovering both his account and that of his wife in the leaked passwords and emails.