In one of my previous reports I had discussed how this year has been a year of acquisitions. Well, you might go ahead and call this a year of security breaches too. The latest victim to fall prey to the hacking menace being none other than popular music streaming service – Spotify.
Spotify recently announced it had hit 10 million paying subscribers and more than 40 million active users across 56 markets. But it seems celebrations have been put on hold after confirmation of unauthorized access to a Spotify user’s data. In an official acknowledgment of the issue, Spotify noted
Our evidence shows that only one Spotify user’s data has been accessed and this did not include any password, financial or payment information. We have reached out to this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident.
To users still recovering from the ‘pain’ of resetting their account information on eBay, this would surely be another cause for concern, if not distress. In order to mitigate any potential risks or damages, Spotify has urged its Android users to dutifully obey any and all instructions that the company passes on with regards to upgrading the Spotify App.
As a precautionary measure against any potential ongoing risk, we are going to guide Android app users to upgrade over the next few days. If Spotify prompts you for an upgrade, please follow the instructions.
Please note that offline playlists will have to be re-downloaded in the new version. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you understand that this is a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of our service and protect our users.
The company has confirmed that there haven’t been any reports of a security breach in its services for iOS and Windows Mobile users. Though if I were you, I would go ahead and change my passwords and other important details without waiting for any such incident to come to light.
Are you a Spotify user? Then don’t wait for me to say “Share your comments below!” Go and upgrade your app first.
Source: Spotify Support