Update: The alleged hack against Dropbox is
looking more like is an elaborate hoax, timed perfectly with the website’s incidental outage. As security researcher Wesley Mcgrew points out, the emails supposedly stolen from Dropbox have been found elsewhere on the web and a known Anonymous Twitter account is officially denying their involvement. Moreover, it seems the group claiming credit may incur the wrath of Anonymous, because they said the attack was in the name of fallen internet activist, Aaron Swartz.
Dropbox sent us this updated response, confirming the hoax:
“Dropbox site is back up.
In regards to claims of “leaked user information” – this is a hoax. This is not Dropbox data. The list was published 12/9/13 at: http://pastebin.com/64PAAV1c
Today’s outage was caused during internal maintenance, and was not caused by external factors. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Our original story below:
Popular backup service Dropbox is offline…
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