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Dropbox Hack Causes Serious Reperucusions

Dropbox Hack Explained

Four years ago the widely-used Dropbox product, which provides an online digital storage solution, was hacked.  Four years ago there wasn’t enough information to understand the extent or impact of this compromise.  Recently, it became obvious that approximately 68 million Dropbox user credentials were exposed. 

How Does This Affect You?

If you have a Dropbox account, you are most likely affected.  You can go to and enter your email address(es) to find out if you have been affected by this breach.

This and other recent hacks illustrate why it is important to change your password regularly.  In addition, the license agreements for free services like Dropbox often fail to address the liability issues that arise when an organization is hacked.  Furthermore, we want to take this opportunity to remind you that our policies require that you use authorized resources (such as box) to store campus data.

How Can You Protect Yourself

The Dropbox information security team reset the passwords on many of the affected accounts, but even if you did receive an email from the Dropbox team, it is recommended that you change your Dropbox account password immediately.  In addition, it is good practice to have a unique password for each individual account you have online.  If you reused your Dropbox password somewhere else, you should change those passwords too.