The recent debate on AccountingWEB about the pros and cons of Dropbox for exchanging client documents took a worrying twist last week when the online storage service admitted it had been hacked.
The problem came to light after Dropbox investigated the rising incidence of spam to some of its users.
In a subsequent blog post, blog post, Dropbox said it had discover that a stolen employee password had given hackers access to a Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses.
The developer said that only a small number of accounts had been affected and that it had contacted them to help protect their data. But the incident confirmed some of the warnings put forward by AccountingWEB members, who urged accountants not to entrust confidential documents to the consumer-oriented service.
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About John Stokdyk
John Stokdyk is the global editor of AccountingWEB UK and AccountingWEB.com.