If you have an account on the website Dropbox, now may be the best time to change your password. The popular cloud storage website used for uploading photos and other documents was hacked. An estimated 68 million email addresses and passwords have been dumped onto the internet.
The hack didn’t occur recently, however. It occurred in 2012. Dropbox tried to downplay the severity of the hack, claiming that only a handful of email addresses had been stolen – no passwords.
Troy Hunt, independent security researcher, discovered that the hack was much worse than advertised. Since many people use similar passwords across many of their online accounts, a password hack can be potentially devastating to financial records and other private information. Hunt stated, “There is no doubt whatsoever that the data breach contains legitimate Dropbox passwords, you simply can’t fabricate this sort of thing.”
To cover their tracks, Dropbox sent out a message to all of its users, claiming that anyone who hasn’t changed their password since 2012 needs to do so immediately. This story is another reminder that you are never quite as safe online as you think. The best course of action is to use different passwords and never give up too much personal information.