You should change your dropbox password because hackers stole 70 million of them
Last week, some of the Dropbox users who were using the same password since 2012 were warned by an email to change their passwords. Now, we know the reason because few years ago, hackers stole 70 million Dropbox users’ passwords.
Even though we were officially told by Dropbox about the hack, now, we know how bad is the situation.
According to Motherboard, the amount of data stolen from Dropbox which includes not only passwords but also email addresses was 5GB. This affects total of 68,680,741 Dropbox users
Analysis confirms that the credentials are user e-mail addresses with hashed and salted passwords that were obtained prior to mid-2012. We can confirm that the scope of the password reset we completed last week did protect all impacted users.
Even if these passwords are cracked, the password reset means they can’t be used to access Dropbox accounts. The reset only affects users who signed up for Dropbox prior to mid-2012 and hadn’t changed their password since.
While Dropbox accounts are protected, affected users who may have reused their password on other sites should take steps to protect themselves on those sites. The best way to do this is by updating these passwords, making them strong and unique, and enabling two-step verification.
Individuals who received a notification from Dropbox should also be alert to spam or phishing.
This hack ( along side with others ) proves one thing. Even if you have a strong password, your security depends on the service that you are using. In this case though, we would recommend to use two-factor authorization. Yes, it is a pain to write the code each time but you have to make a choice. Which one is more important for you? Your data / information or your time