Earlier this morning reports surfaced online that Dropbox had been hacked with nearly seven million accounts believed to have been compromised. The company has however allayed fears by saying that the passwords were hacked from third-party services, and most of the leaked account details have “expired for quite some time now,” TheNextWeb reports. Also Read - Top 5 Google Photos alternatives to store your favorite photos
Dropbox issued a statement to the publication, which reads, Also Read - iPhones of 36 journalists hacked using spyware by the NSO Group: Report
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. 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. Also Read - Best Android Apps from January to March 2020
Earlier in the morning, a thread on Reddit surfaced online which allegedly contained links to Pastebin files that had the account usernames and passwords listed. The hackers only put up a few hundred account details as teasers, and promised more details in exchange for Bitcoins. The message on the thread read, “Here is another batch of Hacked Dropbox accounts from the massive hack of 7,000,000 accounts. To see plenty more, just search on [redacted] for the term Dropbox hack. More to come, keep showing your support.“
While Dropbox has not been hacked, we would advise you to update your passwords nonetheless as a precautionary measure. We also suggest you enable the two-step verification security measure, which the cloud storage service now supports.