Online Data Security Breach In Dropbox And Snapchat
Apple’s iCloud is not the only insecure cloud storage it seems. Dropbox and Snapchat too have been victims of cloud hacks. In fact, the repeated hacks have raised questions on online data security. According to recent reports Snapchat has lost nearly 13 GB of data, consisting mostly of images. Dropbox too has become a victim of hacking.
Reddit has recently announced that a thread which surfaced in it claimed that it has that username and password of hundreds of Dropbox users. The frequent occurrence of cloud hack has sparked doubts and questions on the online data security provided by cloud space.
Dropbox is a cloud storage space that allows users to store data in bulk in the server. This data is kept safely in the server and can be accessed only through the user’s account and password.
According to sources from Reddit, the online data security breach was done through four pastebin files containing hundreds of usernames and passwords. There is news about the hacker asking for bitcoin donations against usernames and passwords.
Dropbox, however, refuses to be responsible for the online data security breach. It claims that the usernames and passwords have all been collected from some third party service. Moreover, these usernames and passwords does not belong to Dropbox either.
The cloud storage service provider maintained, “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.”
Dropbox has also sent in alert messages to its users informing them about changing their passwords. Hence, despite username leaks, Dropbox has assured that their users’ data is safe.
Online data security breach has also occurred in SnapChat. Apparently the self destroying messaging app does not seem to destroy all the images. These images, which count in hundreds, have surfaced in the internet. The source from which the images have been circulating is 4chan, the Japanese imageboard website.
The online data security breach of Snapchat has inferred that none of the cloud services are safe from hackers any more. SnapChat was renowned and dependable as it was the only social messaging app that destroyed the messages after they are sent.
However, with the images surfacing in 4chan, the online data security of cloud services, be it iCloud, DropBox or Amazon, is a troubling matter. Social media strategist Kenny Withers has accurately named the image leaks on Snapchat as “Snappening”.
Reports show around 90,000 images and more than 9000 videos from Snapchat included in the 4chan leaks.
The leaked photos initially surfaced on a website named viralpop.com. Though the website removed its contents soon, but images were already downloaded and shared in sites like Reddit and 4chan.
The images consisted mostly of regular activities of Snapchat users. However, some private and intimate photographs too have surfaced up.
Snapchat too has tried to clear its name off the leaks. It is being said that third party services like SnapSaved.com is responsible for the leaks. Third party developers such as SnapSaved.com permit users to store images and videos that users have sent through SnapChat. The hackers got access to some of these third party servers and got hold of the images.
This is not the first instance for SnapChat. It was only in January of the running year that a third party hacking service broke into SnapChat to reveal hundreds of usernames and passwords.
In a statement released by Snapchat, it said, “We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks”.
It has been just a couple of months or so since the hack of Apple’s cloud service, iCloud, sent the world into a tizzy. The photos that surfaced included mainly those of the female celebrities in nude and semi-nude states. Apple, however, had accepted the responsibility of online data security breach, saying that the accounts were hacked through brute force.
The frequent hacks of various cloud storage spaces have concluded that none of the cloud servers are secure anymore. The bulk of data however needs to be stored in these servers as common PCs cannot store such huge volume. Also, storing data in the cloud makes it accessible from anywhere.
All the data storage services have frequently requested its users to put in strong passwords for their accounts to prevent online data security breach. It has also been suggested that users should activate the system of 2-step verification process while logging into their accounts. It, however, remains to be seen whether the authorized cloud service providers can eventually do something to stop these sub-cultured hacks.