11 January 2014 - 12:23pm | posted by | 2 comments

Dropbox denies claims it was hacked and user information leaked after it shut down for several hours

Dropbox denies claims it was hacked and user information leaked after it shut down for several hours Dropbox denies claims it was hacked and user information leaked after

Dropbox is recovering from an outage which left users unable to access the site for several hours, but maintains that it was due to technical issue and not a hack.

The file sharing service said it on its site that it was down due to an issue that came up during "regular maintenance", which it then updated to reiterate that "external factors" had not played a part.

However, the hacker group The 1775 Sec claimed responsibility, saying via Twitter that it had taken the site down to mark the one-year anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s suicide.

The group then threatened a database leak if Dropbox didn’t fix its “website vulnerabilities" and later posted a link to a partial leak, apparently giving the names and email addresses of Dropbox users.

As Dropbox remained silent, and media reported it as a maintenance issue, The 1775 posted several messages claiming the the hack was simply a Denial of Service and that the leaked information came from an old database, revealing it was done to "troll" the media.

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11 Jan 2014 - 16:52
rantsfromron20156

One reason why I empty Dropbox after transferring data from PC to tablets. All backup is to external HDDs, not some server farm on the other side of the world over which I have no control.

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11 Jan 2014 - 23:52
CableCutterInfo

I love DropBox and have used it for years both personally and in a business environment. The biggest challenge that they face is they provide a service that is easily replicated by any number of companies, including powerful ones like Google , Amazon and Microsoft. The services are a dime a dozen right now and they way I see it, there are two things that can set a company apart: 1) tight integration with multiple platforms and 2) lots of storage space. Dropbox is doing a great job on the integration front. It couldn't be much easier to use, whether on a Mac, PC, or cellphone. But right now, they are getting pressure on the storage space issue. I keep getting emails that Norton wants to give me 50GB and Google wants to give me 100 MB. So right now I am making the switch to a product by Barracuda called Copy. They start you out with 20GB of space (more than I have on DropBox after years) and with referrals of 5GB a pop it can go quickly from there. Check it out at https://copy.com?r

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