Spotify users warned of password security breach

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Over a million users of the Spotify music service are being warned that they may have to change their passwords after it was announced that information about members could have been stolen by hackers.

According to a statement by the firm, which offers online music streaming, information such as email addresses, passwords, dates of birth, genders, postcodes and billing receipt details have been potentially exposed.

Spotify are keen to stress that credit card details are not at risk, and that the information that may have been exposed because of a bug in their systems was the password’s hash value rather than the password itself.

However, hackers who had grabbed the hash values, and reverse-engineered Spotify’s protocol, would be able to feed words from a dictionary database through the hashing algorithm until a match was found.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.