In case you have forgotten, the cloud service ‘Dropbox’ suffered a massive breach in 2012. The organizations was quick in its proactive efforts to protect users, and plug holes in its defense, but the damage had been done. Until recently no one really knew how many records had been exposed. But now we know. Writing for FoxNewsTech yesterday, James Rogers reports “Four years after a data breach at cloud storage service Dropbox, details of more than 68 million user accounts have reportedly been leaked”.
There have been so many breaches in recent years that one tends to forget them as one attack rolls into another in the media. There have been larger breaches and numbers of records exposed, but 68 million certainly is nothing to ignore, especially if yours was one of the records involved. So, some lessons learned…nearly any system can be breached if those with malicious intent put enough time and energy into the process. And, before you trust your personal data, finances or livelihood into the hands of someone else be doubly sure they are a secure repository.
Rogers, J. (2016). Dropbox data breach: 68 million user account details leaked. Retrieved from the Internet at http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/31/dropbox-data-breach-68-million-user-account-details-leaked.html