Spotify hacked: Music service releases app update (but says only one user was affected)
"We have taken steps to strengthen our security systems in general and help protect you and your data," says music streaming service
Thursday 29 May 2014
Streaming music service Spotify has warned that their “systems and internal company data” have been hacked and that the company has launched an investigation into the attack.
Spotify CTO Oskar Stål wrote in a blog post earlier this week that so far they only have evidence that one unlucky user has had their data accessed, but that this “did not include any password, financial or payment information.”
The company says that as a “general precaution” they will be asking certain Spotify users to re-enter their username and password “over the coming days” and that they will be releasing a mandatory update for their Android app.
The update will apply to both free and subscription users, with individuals unable to use the service unless they download the new version. No releases have been scheduled for iOS or Windows Phone devices.
Although visually identical, the update means that users will have re-download any playlist saved for offline use. The updated app can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
The hack comes just days after eBay revealed that they had been hit by a cyberattack that compromised the data of millions of individuals. eBay has been urging all users to change their passwords after hackers stole information including addresses, phone numbers, and emails.
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