Dropbox denies it was hacked after weekend outage

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13 January 2014 | 0

Dropbox suffered an outage of several hours last Saturday morning after an issue arose during regular maintenance. A social network post allegedly from a hacker group had claimed responsibility for downtime, but Dropbox dismissed claims that user info had been leaked as a hoax.

Users trying access the Dropbox website from around 1am to 3am GMT were redirected to a status page acknowledging the outage. “We are aware of an issue currently affecting the Dropbox site,” a message posted on the site said. “We have identified the cause, which was the result of an issue that arose during routine internal maintenance, and are working to fix this as soon as possible.”

The main page of the Dropbox site returned by 3am, but attempts to log in produced an error message.

Just after 3.30am, Dropbox posted via Twitter that service had been restored.

Those claims Dropbox referred to in its tweets came from the Twitter account of a group claiming to be affiliated with the Anonymous hacker movement says it took down the file-sharing service.

In subsequent tweets, the 1775 Sec posted what it claimed was a leak from its hack and said it had hacked Dropbox to mark the one-year anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s suicide. Swartz, an Internet pioneer, killed himself 11 January 2013, while facing a variety of hacking charges over allegations that he removed millions of scholarly articles and documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Supporters of Swartz have since blamed the US government’s aggressive prosecution of the case for his suicide.

Before tweeting that restored service, Dropbox denied to several tech sites that it had been hacked, again citing internal maintenance issues as the culprit.

IDG News Service

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