Hackers claim to have accessed 6,937,081 Dropbox accounts; publish “teaser” of username-password pairs
An anonymous hacking outfit has recently claimed that it has gained access to 6,937,081 Dropbox accounts; and that a "teaser" of 400 username-password pairs has been published on Pastebin anonymous information-sharing site.
The username-passwords pairs published by the unnamed hacker group on the Pastebin site appear in alphabetical order; beginning with email@example.com, and ending with firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hacker group has promised to publish more Dropbox usernames and passwords if it gets enough donations in Bitcoin virtual currency.
Despite the fact that the hacking group has apparently gained access only about 3 percent of the Dropbox accounts at best, given that Dropbox has more than 220 million users, some Reddit users have recently reported that Dropbox is seemingly expiring the passwords on the affected accounts.
Meanwhile, Dropbox itself has termed the hack as bogus. In a statement to VentureBeat, the company has asserted that "Dropbox has not been hacked."
Further adding that the usernames and passwords accessed by the hackers were "unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts," Dropbox told VentureBeat: "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."
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