7M Dropbox Accounts Accessed, Company Blames Third Parties

Hackers claim to have access to nearly 7 million Dropbox accounts. The company denies it's responsible for the breach, blaming third-party software.

7M Dropbox Accounts Accessed, Company Blames Third Parties

Dropbox is back in the headlines not long after the cloud-storage company confirmed a bug in its desktop app was deleting user files.

This time, hackers claim they've gained access to nearly 7 million accounts. To prove it, the group posted 400 usernames and passwords on file-sharing site Pastebin. (Video via Dropbox)

The Next Web received a statement from Dropbox insisting the company is not responsible for the stolen login credentials. 
"Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts."

Dropbox says it has reset passwords for accounts with suspicious activity.

Even if Dropbox doesn't ask you to reset your password, it's a good idea to do so anyway. The hackers are asking for Bitcoin donations in return for more login credentials, so it could be awhile before your account begins to display suspicious activity. 

Unfortunately, as a writer for ZDNet points out, this isn't Dropbox's first security issue. The company faced similar breaches in 2012. And in 2011, the company issued an update that allowed users to login to any account with any password.

Along with changing your password, it's also a good idea to enable Dropbox's two-factor authentication feature. You can visit the help article linked in our transcript section to learn how.