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Spotify to ask users to re-enter passwords after cyberattack

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , May 28, 2014
The word 'password' is pictured on a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin

 

Music streaming service Spotify AB will ask some of its 40 million users to re-enter their passwords and upgrade their software in coming days after detecting unauthorized access to its internal systems and data.

Chief Technology Officer Oskar Stal said in a blogpost on Tuesday that it has found evidence of attackers accessing just one user’s data, which did not include payment or password information. But as a precaution, it intends to ask “certain Spotify users” to re-enter their log-in credentials, and upgrade their  Google (GOOGL.O) Android app.

Spotify said it is not recommending any action yet for users of Apple  Inc (AAPL.O) iPhones or devices based on Microsoft’s (MSFT.O) Windows.

The intrusion was the latest to hit a major tech company. In past months, cyber attackers have infiltrated databases and systems at eBay Inc and Adobe, though no financial information has so far been taken, according to the companies. Spotify, which is expected to seek an IPO soon, has more than 40 million active users scattered across  more than 50 markets.

“We have taken steps to strengthen our security systems in general and help protect you and your data – and we will continue to do so. We will be taking further actions in the coming days to increase security for our users,” Stal said in his blogpost.

 
 

 

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