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Dropbox Users Report Unusual Spam and Possible Security Breach

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Over the past day, Dropbox users have reported receiving spam in email accounts created exclusively for the service. The company has confirmed the reports and says it's investigating. Are our Dropbox passwords safe?

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TechCrunch reports that users in the Dropbox forums pointed out the weird spam email about a day ago. The users, most of which appear to be located in Europe, said that email addresses that they use only for Dropbox and not elsewhere on the web were receiving similar spam emails from an entity called "Euro Dice Exchange."

Techcrunch got a statement from Dropbox. The company hasn't admitted anything went wrong but says it's looking into what's up:

We‘re aware that some Dropbox users have been receiving spam to email addresses associated with their Dropbox accounts. Our top priority is investigating this issue thoroughly and updating you as soon as we can. We know it's frustrating not to get an update with more details sooner, but please bear with us as our investigation continues.

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Without more information, it's impossible to conclude that Dropbox accounts or personal information have been compromised, but something fishy's definitely up, considering there have also been various reports of Dropbox outages. It's possible the problem might only apply to European users, but if any of you have received unusual emails or have additional information, please let us know. [TechCrunch]

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DISCUSSION

Long ago, in the late 1970's I took my first college computer science course. One of the things that the instructor emphasized was to NEVER, under any circumstances put anything onto a computer that you do not want everyone to know. That anything you put on a computer can be accessed by someone no matter how hard you try to hide it. Still good advice.