Spotify says 'one' user account hacked


by CBR Staff Writer| 28 May 2014

The company also tells all Android-based users to re-enter their username and password.

Music streaming service Spotify has asked its customers using Android devices to re-enter their login credentials to avoid the risk of getting hacked.

The alert was sent after Spotify found that the account of one user was violated. The company said the user's password, and financial or payment information was not accessed.

Spotify CTO Oskar Stal said in a notice put up on the company's website that he is not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident.

The company has advised its users not to install Android applications from any source other than Google Appstore, Amazon and Spotify.

Devices running on Apple iOS and Windows OS are not prone to risk.

Stal said: "We have taken steps to strengthen our security systems in general and help protect you and your data - and we will continue to do so. We will be taking further actions in the coming days to increase security for our users."

The company's user base has recently reached to 10 million paying subscribers and more than 40 million active users across 56 markets.

The alert from Spotify is a precaution to avoid a situation in which eBay was in earlier this month. Data of 140 million eBay users was compromised when hackers used the company employees' credentials to access details.

The breach was detected in early May but the customers were alerted much later.

In October last year Adobe announced that details of three million users were leaked in a data breach. In this case, too, there was criticism that the company was slow in contacting the victims.

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