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BREACH! Spotify flings new app at all Android users

After one user account compromised, music company pours bleach everywhere

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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.

"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." ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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