Dropbox: Stolen Login Info Led to Spam

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Surely some users of popular cloud service Dropbox were frustrated when they recently began noticing spam messages filling their inboxes. According to Dropbox message boards, many of the emails originated from something called “Euro Dice” or “EU Dice.”

The personal cloud storage provider quickly moved to investigate the matter, bringing in “outside experts” to figure out the puzzling issue. For a while, Dropbox had been unable to detect any intrusions or hacks accounting for the spam messages.

However, that all changed on Tuesday when the company admitted that usernames and passwords had been stolen through “other websites.” They were then used by hackers to access accounts.

“We believe this improper access is what led to the spam. We’re sorry about this, and have put additional controls in place to help make sure it doesn’t happen again,” commented the company via its blog.

New measures include two-factor authentication, automated mechanisms, password change requirements and the addition of a page that allows users to view active login sessions. Dropbox is popular for allowing users to store data including pictures, documents and videos in the cloud.