40 Million Spotify User Accounts Compromised in Security Breach

It seems we just keep hearing about major security breaches and cyber attacks on big name companies – Target, Neiman Marcus, eBay, and now, Spotify.

According to Tech Times, the music streaming service has reported a security breach where an apparent 40 million users have possibly been affected.

Spotify described the breach as “unauthorized access to our systems and internal company data.”

However, despite the suspected wide reach of the attack, the company CTO Oskar Stal wrote a blog post saying that only one user may have actually been directly affected.

“This did not include any password, financial or payment information. We have contacted this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident,” wrote Stal.

Regardless, Spotify is taking the breach seriously. They will be taking a general precaution and will automatically sign some users out of their accounts and force them to re-enter their usernames and passwords.

The company also released an update to the Android Spotify app and urged users to make the upgrade. So far, Spotify believes Apple iOS and Windows Phone users have not been affected.

The Spotify breach is just another reminder how easily our online information can be accessed. The fact that it comes just a few months after eBay’s breach makes consumers all the more on edge.

Here are some important things you should know about the eBay attack, especially if you have an eBay account, according to www.thebitbag.com.

  • eBay says there’s no evidence of financial data being stolen, but personal details probably were.
  • The eBay hackers have yet to be identified.
  • You should change your eBay account password asap – and if you use the same password anywhere else, change it there too.
  • Beware of phishing emails that appear to be from eBay.


For more on the Spotify story, click here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/7631/20140529/spotify-tells-ebay-me-too-as-cyber-attack-compromises-40-million-user-accounts.htm

For more on the eBay attack, click here: http://www.thebitbag.com/a-few-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-cyber-attack-on-ebay/77546