Spotify Hacked – Rolls Out New Android App

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So it looks like Spotify was hacked, or at least suffered some kind of breach – they claim user data for only one user was accessed and no payment details or password information was leaked. So it doesn’t seem to serious, but Spotify are reacting responsibly (which is good to see), disclosing the breach and taking action to make sure it doesn’t go any deeper.

As in most cases, once a malicious hacker or intruder has some kind of access, they will dig in deeper and eventually hit the motherload (like in the case of eBay for example).

Spotify Hacked

It seems to be something to do with the Android version of Spotify as they are asking users to download a new version (with completely new access tokens I assume), and re-enter their login credentials.

Spotify will ask all Android users of its streaming service to download a new version of its app after its internal systems were compromised.

The European music company disclosed the breach in a blog post on Tuesday. No password, financial, or payment information appears to have been accessed, and it only affected one user.

“We take these matters very seriously and as a general precaution will be asking certain Spotify users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the coming days,” explained Spotify’s chief technology officer, Oskar Stal, in a blog post. “As an extra safety step, we are going to guide Android app users to upgrade over the next few days.”

Though the breach was of a small scale, Spotify reacted quickly.

“As soon as we were aware of this issue we immediately launched an investigation. Information security and data protection are of great importance to us at Spotify,” the company explained in a more detailed FAQ on the breach.


Spotify has more than 40 million users and a big chunk of them are on Android, so this breach could have possibly exposed something fairly serious. But no real technical details have been released (as per norm) so we can’t really tell exactly what happened.

You can read the official blog post from the CTO here – Important Notice to Our Users

“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 reached out to this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident.”

Given the tendency for breaches to quickly cascade into severe hacks, the company has chosen to react swiftly to try and quash any hacking attempts, we reckon.

“We do not believe this incident will affect your phone in any way. However, as an extra safety step, we are going to guide Android app users to upgrade over the next few days,” the company wrote.

However, users will lose all their offline playlists when they download the new app, so will have to re-download the songs to their phone. “We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you understand this is a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of our service and protect our users.”

Whatever occurred, it doesn’t seem to effect iOS or Windows users at all and the general user base is not being asked to reset the passwords (nor even the Android users) so it does seem the user database is safe for the time being.

We will have to wait and see if any more details are forthcoming and if it turns out the hack went any deeper than currently publicised.

Source: The Register

Posted in: Exploits/Vulnerabilities, Privacy

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