Has Spotify been hacked or not?

Spotify Hack
28 April 2016

Music subscription service Spotify seems to have been hacked, with user details and passwords appearing on Pastebin. Hundreds of account details have appeared online.

This was reported by TechCrunch, who found the private details on Pastebin, and then got in touch with a bunch of users they identified in the leak, to see if they'd been told or were aware of any such breach to their account.

A small number of people said that they were aware of the situation.

Some had said that they knew something was up, because they'd been booted out of their account while streaming music. When they attempted to log back in, they found that their register email had been changed without them knowing.

Other Spotify users said that they'd noticed strange activity in their accounts: "I suspected my account had been hacked last week as I saw 'recently played' songs that I'd never listened to, so I changed my password and logged out of all devices."

However, despite all this, Spotify deny that there's been a hack at all, and are certain that their users' records are secure.

"Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords," said a Spotify spokesperson.

The International Business Times in the UK ran a similar report in February, after finding account details on Pastebin. When they contacted Spotify, they got the same response.

The latest leak seems to have been pulled offline by the folks over at Pastebin. However, there's still some entries which show the details of some Spotify free and premium account details from November 2015, and some from January, February, March and April 2016.

Mercifully, these details don't work anymore, but they are there.

We're going to keep looking into it - have you noticed any peculiar behaviour on your Spotify account?

TOPICS:   Privacy

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