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Spotify Hack? Music Streamer Says No, but User Data Dumped

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 Apr 2016 08:14 AM

Spotify is denying that its users' records have been hacked despite what appeared to be a dump of some of its users names, passwords and other personal information posted online, according to tech site Mashable.

The data dump on the website Pastebin listed "hundreds" of alleged Spotify users and their personal information, which is usually the sign of a security breach, said Mashable. The music streaming app's Pastebin post had viewed more than 7,400 times on the website in first 13 hours.

"It's unclear, then, where these particular account details were acquired, given that they are specific to Spotify, rather than a set of generic credentials that just happen to work on Spotify," said Tech Crunch. "In addition to the email and login information, the Pastebin post also details the type of account (e.g. family, premium), when the subscription auto-renews, and the country where the account was created. The list of accounts is not limited to the U.S., but includes a number of users from all over the world."

Spotify, though, has denied it has been hacked, according to Mashable, but said that it planned to investigate the Pastebin posting.

"Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure," the company told Mashable on Tuesday. "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."

Tech Crunch said it was contacted by "over a half dozen" Spotify users who claimed that their accounts had been hacked recently.

"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," a Spotify user told Tech Crunch.

At least one person posted on social media that his Spotify account was hacked.


Newsweek reported last November that more than one thousand email addresses and passwords from Spotify were leaked following an earlier hack.

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