Spotify Allegedly Hacked…Again

Spotify Allegedly Hacked…Again

Tech Crunch is reporting streaming music service Spotify has allegedly been hacked…again.  They were previously breached in 2009 and 2014 as well as February 2016 according to Naked Security by Sophos. A list of hundreds (if not more) of credentials were spotted on the website Pastebin.

Spotify Allegedly Hacked...AgainThe list includes emails, usernames, passwords, account type and other details. Tech Crunch reached out to a random sampling of the victims and confirmed the accounts were compromised. Some noticed weird activity such as songs on the recently played list that they didn’t listen to. Some users reported getting kicked off the service, some in the middle of songs, which is a characteristic of account hijacking, man-in-the-middle attacks, or session hijacking.

However Spotify told Mashable “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.”

This could potentially be true. It could be a delayed leak of the compromised accounts from February or 2014. Where this takes an interesting turn and slightly diminishes the credibility of Spotify is that many users are locked out of their accounts and are having trouble coordinating with Spotify to rectify the issue.

Our Analysis

If you have an account with Spotify, then as BGR recommends you should change your password immediately. Currently the hack is only suspected with Spotify denying all claims. Even if the company wasn’t hacked it would be in the best interest to change your password to ensure you keep your account. It seems as if those who are harvesting the credentials are testing Spotify users for password re-use.

This can be catastrophic as most users do use the same password (or a variant) most everywhere. This creates a scenario where a password manager like Agile Bits 1Password can help a user. The software maintains a vault of all passwords and generates human unreadable passwords for various websites. If you have a credit card associated with your account, then you should activate credit monitoring or at least monitor all account activities in the foreseeable future and contact the card issuer.

If you think your data may have been compromised in this breach or any other, please check out HaveIBeenPwned and enter your email address.

 

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References

Mashable
Tech Crunch
BGR
Naked Security by Sophos
IBTimes

Resources

HaveIBeenPwned
Agile Bits 1Password


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About Scott Entsminger

Scott Entsminger was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Scott has worked for the Department of Defense since graduating college. He is an expert in Windows Administration; with specific experience in Group Policy and vulnerability remediation. He also has specific experience in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security.

Scott holds the CompTIA Security+ certification. He is always looking to diversify his skillset. Scott is an avid sports fan, particularly baseball. He also is an avid gamer and enjoys learning different skills involving his PC.