In an interview with the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, Edward Snowden warned that Dropbox is an enemy of privacy. Dropbox hacked or not is perhaps not the point

While you could make this stuff up, it wouldn’t be any crazier than the truth. In an interview with the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, Edward Snowden warned that Dropbox, Facebook, Google et al are enemies of privacy. And, here we are examining Dropbox hacked or not, which probably isn’t important.

“We’re talking about dropping programs that are hostile to privacy,” said Snowden in a recent interview with (video below) Jane Mayer.

Snowden names Dropbox, along with Facebook, Google, etc, as hostile to privacy.

The Next Web has the other part of the story, Dropbox hacked. The usual lot of unnamed hackers/activists claim a major Dropbox security coup — the logins and passwords associated with 7 million plus accounts were found in plain text.

Quite naturally, someone has chose to publish the lot on Reddit.

Here is another batch of Hacked Dropbox accounts from the massive hack of 7,000,000 accounts
To see plenty more, just search on [redacted] for the term Dropbox hack.

More to come, keep showing your support

To whit, Dropbox claims that they weren’t hacked and, like Snapchat and the Snappening, the real problem lies with third-parties:

Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as well.

Which is all very nice. However, Dropbox can claim it is doing more to protect privacy, the company certainly can’t state that it puts users first. Honestly, they tried to name Condi Rice to their board.

Dropbox, Snapchat, Facebook, Google et al claim your data is safe with them. Snowden clearly believes otherwise, calling these companies enemies of privacy, and I see no reason to doubt him.

There are, however, good reasons to doubt Dropbox et al. Seriously, just dump Dropbox because there are options less hostile to your privacy…

What’s your take?

Jane Mayer’s October 11 interview with Edward Snowden…

  1. All of those services are wide open to the US spies, there is no need for them to hack or even ask for a search warrant. Zuckerman was the first to sell us out.

  2. Really? If true people are STILL using the same user name and password on multiple services. Therefore your security is only as good as the weakest link. You break into some mom and pop shop then go try those same user names and passwords on iCloud, Facebook, Dropbox, etc. yeah…big surprise. Once again, when stuff like this happens, the press does not speak to user responsibility and best practices as part of the article. How about taking ownership of privacy and encryption? How about not taking naked pictures? How about if you do THINK. Anyway outstanding click bait! I fell for it.

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