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May 27, 2014

Spotify Hit With Cyber-Attack, But Only One User Affected

Spotify is the latest company to be hit with a cyber-attack but, according to the music streaming service, there is no “increased risk to users as a result of this incident.”

Chief Technology Officer Oskar Stal said in a blog post today that his company has contacted the one Spotify user whose data was accessed, but added the person’s password and payment information were not breached.

As a precaution Spotify is asking some of its users to re-enter their username and password and log in “over the coming days.”

“As an extra safety step, we are going to guide Android app users to upgrade over the next few days. If Spotify prompts you for an upgrade, please follow the instructions,” Stal said, adding that offline playlists must be re-downloaded in the new version.

Spotify is urging its users to only install Android applications from Google Play, the Amazon Appstore or https://m.spotify.com/

iOS and Windows Phone users, seemingly, were not vulnerable to the attack.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you understand that this is a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of our service and protect our users,” he said.

“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.”


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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