Allegedly hundreds of passwords from Dropbox have been compromised. From the recent apple Icloud hacking to this, Internet security is seemingly withering away.
The word ‘password’ is pictured on a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin May 21, 2013.
(Reuters) – Hundreds of alleged usernames and passwords for online document-sharing site Dropbox were published on Monday on Pastebin, an anonymous information-sharing website.
“These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. 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 been expired as well,” a Dropbox spokesman said in an email to Reuters.
Dropbox is a Silicon Valley startup that has proved a hit with consumers and boasts more than 200 million users six years after it was started. It has undergone tremendous growth amid the meteoric rise of cloud, which is expected to continue booming alongside mobile computing.
NSA whistleblower #edward snowden last week advised those concerned about their privacy to “get rid of Dropbox” and cease using Facebook and Google.
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We feel that internet security should be taken seriously. Preventive measures need to be taken now, more than ever.