Another day, another hack. This time it’s Dropbox and the cloud file-sharing service is blaming the breach on a stolen employee password. The company found that usernames and passwords had been stolen from other websites and because of password reuse, the thieves were able to gain access to a small number of Dropbox accounts, including the employee account in question. Dropbox says the compromised account contained a project that listed user email addresses, which led to those users receiving spam emails. There’s a lesson here, kids: don’t reuse passwords! I know it’s annoying, but there’s a reason why experts recommend a different password for every site you use. If you use the same email and password for more than one account, a hacker who gets ahold of your log in credentials can get into more than one of your accounts, which is what happened in this case. Dropbox maintains that there was no intrusion on its internal systems and will be implementing extra security measures in the coming weeks.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 2, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).