Dropbox Employee's Unsafe Password Practices Leads to Spam Scare - Sophos

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Dropbox Employee's Unsafe Password Practices Leads to Spam Scare -
Sophos
Sophos, IT security and data protection firm, is reminding internet users of the importance of choosing different
passwords across their online accounts, following reports of a password breach at popular cloud storage provider
Dropbox.
Bengaluru, Karnataka, August 2, 2012 /
India PRwire
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Sophos
, IT security and data protection firm, is reminding
internet users of the importance of choosing different passwords across their online accounts, following reports of a
password breach at popular cloud storage provider Dropbox.
Dropbox recently discovered that usernames and passwords stolen from other websites were successfully used to
sign in to Dropbox accounts, suggesting that those users affected were using the same sign-in credentials for
multiple online accounts. One compromised account belonged to a Dropbox employee, and contained a document
containing the email addresses of Dropbox users.
Dropbox believes that this breach has led to the high level of spam received by some users. Dropbox is now taking
steps to help affected users protect their accounts, and improve security as a whole*.
Graham Cluley
,
Senior Technology Consultant
at
Sophos
"
The Dropbox incident underlines the necessity of
having different passwords for every website. As people pile more confidential information onto the web, hackers
are being given a greater incentive to penetrate accounts. The frequency and severity of these data breaches is
proving time and time again that users must make better efforts to protect themselves.

If you are going to entrust
sensitive data to Dropbox, my advice is that you should automatically encrypt it before sharing it with the service.
That way anyone who raids your account won't be able to make sense of what you have stashed in the cloud
anyway. Businesses are waking up to the need to use automatic and invisible encryption alongside their cloud
storage - protecting users who make use of services such as Dropbox.
"
*
http://blog.dropbox.com/index.php/security-update-new-features/
Notes to Editor
Company Information
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and
data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage,
deploy and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning
encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global
network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader
in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at
www.sophos.com
.
For more information, please contact:
Shubhendu Nath
Principal Consultant
(L) +91.80.41603144, (M) +91.9901992978
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