The more technologically advanced this world becomes, the more vulnerable it seems to get in the face of cyber attackers. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say we were in the middle of the Watch Dogs game, but unfortunately, the cruel reality strikes again.
After the major hacking action that affected around 145 million of eBay users, now recent reports tell us that Spotify got hacked, shamefully following the likes of eBay, Adobe and Target which all had the misfortune of being attacked in the past.
Before getting all that paranoid, however, it is only fair to state the whole truth: only one Spotify account got hacked. It was one user whose data has been accessed and, according to Spotify officials, there were no financial, payment, password or personal information stolen. But, given the recent attacks, one cannot be too sure and it is always best to be safe than sorry, as we said many times before. This is why Spotify urges all its Android users to keep their eyes peeled for an upcoming patched version of the Spotify app in the next few days.
In the News section on the Spotify website, the company’s officials state that
Our evidence shows that only one Spotify user’s data has been accessed and this did not include any password, financial or payment information. We have contacted this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident. We take these matters very seriously and as a general precaution will be asking certain Spotify users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the coming days. As an extra safety step, we are going to guide Android app users to upgrade over the next few days. If Spotify prompts you for an upgrade, please follow the instructions.
Spotify should keep its promises and fast, because eBay already received public disapproval for the way they managed the security breach that took place last week. Some users received the announcing mail only yesterday, while some may even be still unaware of the incident. Before patching up your Spotify app and secure your account by all means possible, be reminded that the company recommends its users to not trust any other source than the Google Play Store, the Amazon Appstore or the website itself. We’re not sure if this good or bad, but no recommendations have been issued for iOS or Windows users.
Maybe Spotify got hacked accidentally, or somebody had a bone to pick with that particular one user and not with the whole community, but in the light of the recent cyber attacks, prevention is the best treatment.