Dropbox left document storage accounts open for four hours

    Date21 Jun 2011
    CategoryLatest News
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Online storage service Dropbox accidentally turned off password authentication for its 25 million users for four hours on Monday -- although "much less than 1 percent" of those accounts were accessed during the period, the company said. It is still investigating whether any of those accounts were improperly accessed. Dropbox CTO Arash Ferdowsi wrote that the company introduced a code change at 1:54 p.m. PST that caused a problem in the authentication mechanism. About four hours later, the problem was discovered, and Dropbox killed all of the sessions of those who were logged in at the time -- "much less" than 1 percent of its users, Ferdowsi wrote.
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