Newsletters
The Enterprise Security Supersite NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Network Security Viruses & Malware Cybercrime Security Solutions More Topics...
Data Security
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Dropbox Adds Security Following Breach
Dropbox Adds Security Following Breach

By Barry Levine
August 1, 2012 11:38AM

Bookmark and Share
To beef up security, Dropbox will be implementing two-factor authentication. New automated mechanisms will be used to help ID suspicious Dropbox activity, and a new page will allow users to see all active logins to an account. Dropbox may also require a user to change a password, if, for example, it's common or hasn't been changed in awhile.
 


Dropbox has acknowledged that its storage service has been hacked, and it is adding new security measures. The move comes after a company investigation found that stolen user names and passwords had been used to sign into some Dropbox accounts.

The tip-off was in the form of e-mails from some users, who complained about spam they were receiving at e-mail addresses they used only for their Dropbox accounts. The company said it has contacted the users and helped them protect their accounts.

Two-Factor Authentication

The sequence, according to a posting Tuesday by Aditya Agarwal on the corporate blog, was that one of the stolen passwords had been used to gain access to a Dropbox account of a company employee, which contained a project document with user e-mail addresses.

Agarwal apologized for the slipup, which the company believes led to the spam, and said that "additional controls" have been put in place to prevent such a recurrence by an employee.

Additionally, steps are being taken to improve the security of accounts. Within a few weeks, Agarwal said, two-factor authentication will be implemented. This will require two proofs of identity to sign in, such as the password and a temporary code sent to one's phone.

New automated mechanisms will be used to help ID suspicious activity, and a new page will allow users to see all active logins to an account. The company may also require a user to change a password, if, for example, it's a common password or hasn't been changed in awhile.

The company also "strongly" recommends that a unique password be set for each Web site. Otherwise, Dropbox noted, if one site's password is compromised, all are.

Dropbox for Teams

Dropbox's investigation following the spam complaints initially found that no security breaches had taken place, although that was later revised.

A key question is whether this breach, and the company's response to it, will affect its continuing efforts to market its services for businesses. While competitor Box is more business-oriented, Dropbox has been targeting companies as part of its strategy for growth.

One of the main services it markets to businesses is Dropbox for Teams, launched in October of last year. The service is priced at about $800 annually for five years, and $125 for each additional user. It grows out of the wide use of Dropbox accounts for business purposes and goes beyond the consumer-oriented ones, which are not optimized for more active, version-control-obsessed business users.

Dropbox for Teams provides a generous, although unspecified, amount of storage. It also supports mobile devices and automatic syncing between devices, comes with phone support, and provides administrative tools for monitoring activity and storage usage for each person.

In the face of increasing competition, Dropbox is busily adding new features and pruning older ones. Last month, for example, it dropped support for public folders and updated its app for Apple's iOS platform.

The growing list of cloud-based sharing and storage services competitors includes Microsoft's SkyDrive, Google's Drive, Samsung's S-Cloud service, Apple's iCloud, Amazon's Cloud Drive, and the aforementioned Box.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Tech Marketer:

Posted: 2012-08-01 @ 2:04pm PT
Security should be a part of service providers core Philosophy; and If security isn’t part of the cloud DNA, good luck bolting it on later.

Here's some useful resource to learn more about Cloud security:

http://www.dincloud.com/security

Hope you'll find it informative and useful.

Jackson Shaw:

Posted: 2012-08-01 @ 12:57pm PT
The company also said that one of those stolen passwords was used to access a Dropbox employee’s account, which contained a project document with user email addresses.

Here are my thoughts on it:
http://jacksonshaw.blogspot.ca/2012/08/will-third-time-be-charm-for-dropbox.html



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Data Security
1.   Hackers Breached StubHub Accounts
2.   Juniper DDoS for High-IQ Networks
3.   Google Hacker Team to Hunt Bugs
4.   Cloud Firms Offer Azure Starter Kit
5.   FBI Cyber-Expert's Humble Start


advertisement
Gartner Rates IT Security Companies
IBM, HP, McAfee, Splunk ranked well.
Average Rating:
Hackers Target Western Energy Firms
Appears to be state-sponsored group.
Average Rating:
IBM Uncovers Android Security Flaw
Ten percent of devices at risk.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 
Hackers Breached 1,000 StubHub Accounts
Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, company and law enforcement officials say.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
Enterprise Security Today
Home/Top News | Network Security | Viruses & Malware | Cybercrime | Security Solutions | Mobile Security | Disaster Recovery | Windows Security
Data Security | EST Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.