Spotify is latest to be hit by cyber attack

Swedish firm will be asking 'certain users' to re-enter their login details

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Spotify is latest to be hit by cyber attack Spotify's chief technology officer, Oskar Stål said that the company had taken steps to strengthen its security systems in general.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 28, 2014

Music-streaming service Spotify is the latest to be hit by hackers and will ask some of its users to upgrade their software and re-enter, but not change, their login credentials in the coming days.

The Swedish firm, which has 40m users said that no financial data has been accessed and there was no "increased risk".

"We've become aware of some unauthorised access to our systems and internal company data," chief technology officer Oskar Stål wrote on the firm's website.

"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 contacted this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident."

The blog post continued to say that, as a precaution, the company will be asking "certain Spotify users" to re-enter their username and password.

"We have taken steps to strengthen our security systems in general and help protect you and your data - and we will continue to do so. We will be taking further actions in the coming days to increase security for our users," Stål said in his blogpost.

News of the breach comes a week after auction site eBay told all of its users to change their passwords. Again, no financial data was believed to have been taken, but other personal data, such as home addresses, were accessed.

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