Published On: Wed, Aug 31st, 2016

2012 Dropbox Leak Compromised 68 Million Users: Source

Dropbox revealed the credentials of its users leaked in 2012 were found on the dark web, but the number is bigger than what was initially thought.

It is learned the company follows the technology of hashing and salting of user passwords to protect the credentials from getting hacked.

It is claimed the hackers would fail to crack the passwords even if they get hold of hashed files.

2012 Dropbox Leak Compromised 68 Million Users- Source

Sources say more information was collected by the hackers in 2012 than what the company had admitted publicly then. Apart from the emails, the hashed passwords associated with said emails were also collected by the hackers.

If believed to Motherboard, 68,680,741 Dropbox users were compromised in the 2012 leak.

In 2012 the company was inforcing bcrypt, which is known to be of more robust hashing kind compared to the standard algorithm practiced then by other companies.

Also, the salt method is like an additional layer of security implemented by randomly generated data string.

Even though the 2012 leak was admitted by the company, Dropbox has registered a significant user base expansion since then.

Sources claim the hackers had used password of an employee that was reused from LinkedIn leak.

The LinkedIn Leak was one of the major leaks in 2012.

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