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This weekend, Dropbox experienced an outage that lasted far too long. A wing of hacker collective Anonymous claimed credit for the outage, saying it performed a database hack, which turned out to be a hoax. However, the group maintained that it did hit Dropbox with a DDoS attack, which was timed to coincide with the site’s scheduled maintenance. Dropbox has strongly denied the hack, but it hasn’t said anything about the claim of a DDoS attack, which seems odd. The company has talked around it by carefully describing the post-mortem. “On Friday at 5:30 PM PT, we had a planned maintenance... Read more...
For a moment there, it appeared as though popular cloud storage service Dropbox had been hacked, with the user database accessed and user emails being exposed. Two loosely affiliated wings of hacker collective Anonymous, AnonOpsKorea and The 1775 Sec, claimed credit, but the whole thing was just a hoax timed to coincide with scheduled Dropbox site maintenance. Credit: TechCrunch The two groups both claimed that they compromised the Dropbox website Friday evening and accessed the site’s database, but shortly thereafter Wesley McGrew of McGrew Security noted in a tweet that the emails in the... Read more...
Computer programming may seem overly complex to learn, like learning a new spoken language, but as time has passed, it has become more inviting and easier to understand than ever. This is a fact that the folks behind Code.org, along with its sponsors, would like to get across. If coding for some reason sounds pointless, or not worth the time investment, consider the fact that services like Facebook and Dropbox began with a single line of code, and now, companies like these are worth millions, or even billions. Not too bad for something that can be created at home, is it? That's the cool thing about... Read more...
Drew Houston, a former student at MIT, would often forget to pack his USB flash drive on the way to class. He solved his problem by creating Dropbox for his own personal use, but it didn't take him long to figure out that others could benefit as well. That was around six years, and since then, Dropbox has become one of the most popular cloud-based services around, and apparently a pretty valuable one, too. Just how valuable is it? Perhaps as much as $8 billion. Apologies if that made you choke on your early morning donut, but rest assured, that's not a typo. Dropbox to date has secured $257 million... Read more...
Western Digital is expanding its vision for personal storage from beyond traditional internal and external hard drives, and it has something to do with cloud storage and a platform called “My Cloud”. Cloud storage is all the rage, and the convenience of having your files backed up offsite is undeniable, but there’s always a concern about security, and sometimes file availability--though mostly rather immediate with a service such as Dropbox--can be a bit clunky. It’s also expensive. The WD My Cloud platform removes the problem of worrying about vendor security and lock-in... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that two security researchers successfully reverse-engineered Dropbox, intercepting SSL traffic and bypassing its two-factor authentication. The duo that did it, Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn, wrote a paper on the process and said that although Dropbox has been quick to plug any holes in its security, the service is still vulnerable to attacks such as the one they discovered. Dropbox disagrees somewhat with Kholia’s and Wegrzyn’s assessment, however. "We appreciate the contributions of these researchers and everyone who helps keep Dropbox safe,” a... Read more...
Another day, another thing-that-is-hacked. This time it was popular cloud storage service Dropbox, but fortunately, the hackers were security researchers. Two of them, actually, named Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn, who found a way to reverse engineer Dropbox, which the SD Times calls a heavily obfuscated Python application. The pair were then able to intercept SSL traffic from Dropbox’s servers and bypass its two-factor authentication. They worked up a research paper to describe their techniques. “We show how to unpack, decrypt and decompile Dropbox from scratch and in full detail,”... Read more...
For a number of good reasons, "cloud storage" is all the rage. Being able to store your data online in order to access it virtually anywhere is the epitome of convenience. However, it does carry with it a couple of important downsides. While it's unlikely for a service like Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive to go down, it's always a risk. And with all of the Prism / NSA goingson lately, it's become clear that if the government wanted, it could likely get to your data with relative ease. The best solution? A personal cloud solution. While home-brewed solutions can work out nicely, such as with NAS... Read more...
For as wonderfully convenient as a cloud storage and syncing solution like Dropbox is, it’s still just essentially a place to park your files so that you can access them when you need them; it doesn’t replace your hard drive (on your desktop or mobile device), which contains all your settings and things like contacts and to do lists--basically, all your structured data. At its first ever developers conference today, Dropbox announced the Datastore API, which handles all of that structured data across multiple devices and operating systems. Dropbox likens it to a “simple embedded... Read more...
It appears that the Swiss have turned a reputation for having the most secure banks in the world into a possible refuge for corporations trying to keep data from the spying eyes of the NSA. The NSA’s PRISM program used the shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and a secret court to request data on U.S. citizens from major providers of Internet services such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. If you missed it, we’ve had quite a bit to say about the subject. Now, according to Ibtimes, it seems that U.S. companies are losing faith in domestic cloud storage providers, from... Read more...
First:You have to hand it to Dropbox. If other companies are claiming they have a product that “kills” yours, that means you pretty much dominate the market space. Of course, that also means that you have a target on your back, and in Dropbox’s case, MediaFire has taken aim. MediaFire told the press that it will announce soon a product called “Project Phoenix”, which it says will be a direct challenger to Dropbox and its cloud storage and sharing service. The company says that Project Phoenix will bring “comprehensive ‘social’ and collaboration cloud... Read more...
When cloud storage service Dropbox snapped up a hot new mail app called Mailbox back in March, the match seemed like a good one, and indeed the Mailbox team appears to be steadily cranking out updates for its iOS app. Now, the team has released Mailbox for the iPad, as well. There’s a sense that the Mailbox folks barely took a breath after completing it before diving back in for more, judging from the short-and-sweet blog post announcing the new app. The post reads in its entirety: “You asked, we listened. Mailbox is now available for iPad, so you can swipe your way to inbox zero on... Read more...
Western Digital has a new line of portable hard drives on the market, the My Passport Ultra, which adds to the family of My Passport devices and serves as a generational bump for the My Passport Edge. In fact, the Ultra looks exactly like the Edge (and comes in black, silver, red, or blue), but it comes in a greater variety of capacities--500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. The drives feature USB 3.0, WD Smartware Pro backup software (which includes Dropbox integration), and password protection and hardware encryption for added security. The 500GB version will run you $99.99 while the 1TB version is $129.99;... Read more...
Cloud storage provider Dropbox has grown from just a cool startup with a clever idea to a major player in the consumer and business cloud storage market. The service has some 100 million users and recently has made aggressive moves including acquiring the Mailbox iOS app and targeting businesses with its rebranded Dropbox for Business. Now, the company is hosting its first-ever developer conference. The DBX conference will be held at Fort Mason in San Francisco on July 9th. Tickets are “limited” and will cost $350. “At DBX, you’ll meet fellow developers, see the great things... Read more...
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