MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify has denied reports that it has fallen victim to hackers, despite users' personal data having cropped up on Pastebin.
The list contains hundreds of Spotify account credentials, including emails, usernames, passwords, account type and other details, as first reported at TechCrunch.
Details of the type of account, when the subscription auto-renews, and the country where the account was created is also included, but it's not believed that any credit card information has been leaked.
This led many to believe that Spotify has been hacked, but the company was quick to debunk the idea.
"Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords," said a spokesperson.
However, the evidence seems to suggest otherwise as a number of Spotify users have reported that their accounts have been breached over the past few days.
Some noticed random songs appearing on playlists, while others were booted out of their account and found soon after that their account email had been changed to a new email address not belonging to them.
"I suspected my account had been hacked last week as I saw ‘recently played’ songs that I’d never listened to, so I changed my password and logged out of all devices," one user told TechCrunch.
What's more, some Spotify users said that they have received an email from the firm notifying them that their password has been reset.
Spotify could be telling the truth as these details may have come from an earlier attack and are only just being revealed now. But, as TechCrunch noted, this looks pretty unlikely as many have experienced a security breach over the past few days. µ
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