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60 Million Dropbox Accounts Hacked; Tips To Keep You Safe

posted Oct 6, 2016, 10:05 AM by Rocky Borrego   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 10:04 AM ]
60 Million Dropbox Accounts Hacked; Tips To Keep You Safe

News broke last week that over 60 million Dropbox user accounts had been found online, apparently the result of a data breach back in 2012. The files reportedly contained the users' email addresses, plus their passwords.

This is just the latest so-called "mega-breach" to be revealed. This summer, hundreds of millions of records from sites such as LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr from years-old data breaches were sold and traded amongst hackers.

Dropbox's response was to email the affected users.

"Resetting passwords from mid­2012 and earlier," was the subject line.

"We're reaching out to let you know that if you haven't updated your Dropbox password since
mid­2012, you'll be prompted to update it the next time you sign in. This is purely a preventative
measure, and we're sorry for the inconvenience," the email read.

Although Dropbox says it has already forced password resets, there remains concerns of other
accounts you may have that share the same email address and password as your Dropbox
account.

Hackers are targeting email accounts to hijack. The have largely targeted Yahoo, Office 365,
Gmail and Google Apps accounts.

Other potential targets are banking and financial (IRA, 401K, etc.) online accounts.

If you used the same Dropbox login and password with any other online service, make sure to
change those as soon as possible to prevent any unauthorized access.

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