Dropbox hacked; 7 million accounts compromised; passwords released on PasteBin

Here comes the news that Dropbox accounts have been compromised! If you use Dropbox, you need o change your password like NOW, before you even proceed to read this post.

Dropbox hacked

Dropbox accounts compromised

Over 7 million usernames and passwords have been leaked – and as an example, around 400 usernames and passwords have been actually posted on Pastebin.

This does appears to be a legitimate breach  as Neowin has seen evidence of some of the leaked credentials authenticate to Dropbox’s servers.

Dropbox is aware of this problem and is taking steps to mitigate this issue. It is now also forcing everyone to change their password, by expiring their existing passwords.

Said Dropbox:

Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. All … passwords have been expired …

If you are using the same username password combination on multiple sites, then this definitely compounds the problem for you. You need to change all your passwords right away, and in the future, not use the same username password combination.

So as I said earlier – if you are a Dropbox user, change your password NOW! This might also be a good idea to enable  two-factor authentication on Dropbox, if you haven’t already done so.

Find out: Have I been Hacked?

Stay safe.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.