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Dropbox Hack Was a Hoax

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Last night we reported on a fast moving story that it appeared Dropbox had been hacked by a group known as 1775Sec and/or Anonymous. Dropbox immediately denied the story and said the website’s downtime was due to internal maintenance issues. This morning it appears that Dropbox was indeed on the up and up and the claim of the hack was a hoax. The Dropbox site is back up and running.

Dropbox-logoAccording to TechCrunch, a known Anonymous Twitter account denied the attack and its announced motive to honor the anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz.

The troubling side of this story or any sort of hacking story is that an actual hack does not need to actually occur in order to inject disruption into customers’ minds. With hacks, both real and false seeming to be a part of the regular news cycle in any given week, it must certainly drive customers and companies to distraction trying to contain not only real damage when it occurs, but the damage that can also come from the barrage of news stories that accompany these reports. The Internet is a fast moving and changing landscape with reporting in almost real time that is both accurate and inaccurate, as we have seen in a variety of news events in recent years.

I for one have no idea how a company can begin to contain such damaging info, and I’m sure Dropbox will spend much time attempting to do so.

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5 Comments

  1. dumdum

    01/11/2014 at 6:26 am

    It is not running. I am not able to access certain folders and it is frustrating.

    • dizzy14

      01/11/2014 at 6:58 am

      Dropbox was not accessible for hours Friday evening. Had problems twice since mid December where I lost spreadsheet data due to non-synced files. Starting to think Dropbox is not reliable anymore. Hacked or system down? 3 times in a month???

    • dannyjmorgenroth

      01/11/2014 at 7:31 pm

      still not able to access dropbox. am i the only one?

  2. CableCuttersInfo (@CableCutterInfo)

    01/11/2014 at 3:51 pm

    I love DropBox and have used it for years both personally and in a business environment. The biggest challenge that they face is they provide a service that is easily replicated by any number of companies, including powerful ones like Google , Amazon and Microsoft. The services are a dime a dozen right now and they way I see it, there are two things that can set a company apart: 1) tight integration with multiple platforms and 2) lots of storage space. Dropbox is doing a great job on the integration front. It couldn’t be much easier to use, whether on a Mac, PC, or cellphone. But right now, they are getting pressure on the storage space issue. I keep getting emails that Norton wants to give me 50GB and Google wants to give me 100 MB. So right now I am making the switch to a product by Barracuda called Copy. They start you out with 20GB of space (more than I have on DropBox after years) and with referrals of 5GB a pop it can go quickly from there. Check it out at https://copy.com?r=BlX7tm.

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    01/12/2014 at 12:15 pm

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