Dropbox 7m accounts hacked , Dropbox denies the claim

Pastebin, a website where you can store text online for a set period of time, claims that 7 million Dropbox accounts has been hacked, including photos, videos and other files.

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The anonymous Pastebin user posted what it claims is the username and passwords of hundreds of the site’s users and called for BTC (Bitcoin) donations to fund the operation.

“Come back and check Pastebin for new Dropbox drops. The more BTC (Bitcoin) donated will reflect how many more login and passwords are released public,” said the post.

Dropbox, however, has denied the claim that it has 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,” a Dropbox spokesman said in an email to Reuters.

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, in a Saturday night video interview for The New Yorker Festival with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, had advised those who are concerned about their privacy to “get rid of Dropbox:”

“We’re talking about encryption. We’re talking about dropping programs that are hostile to privacy. For example, Dropbox? Get rid of Dropbox, it doesn’t support encryption, it doesn’t protect your private files.”

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