Spotify Warns Android Users to Upgrade App Following Hack

Spotify has suffered a minor data breach, but it's preparing to roll out updates anyway

By Gabriela Vatu on May 27th, 2014 14:25 GMT

Popular music streaming service Spotify has some rather bad news – there’s been a security breach and one unlucky individual was affected.

While the extent of the data breach may seem small compared to other attacks, Spotify says that it likes to take these kinds of things seriously.

“We’ve become aware of some unauthorized access to our systems and internal company data and we wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking in response. 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 and that is why I’m posting today,” Spotify’s Oskar Stål, chief technology officer, said.

According to the company, a single Spotify user’s data was accessed and the intruder didn’t even get to see the password, financial or payment information. The person has been informed of the issues, but Spotify continues its investigation. So far, the company hasn’t discovered any increased risk for users as a result of the incident.

“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,” Stål said, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you get prompted to do so.

Furthermore, Android app users will be invited to update their apps over the next few days. This means that if Spotify prompts you to upgrade your app, you should follow the instructions. As a reminder, Spotify doesn’t recommend installing Android apps from anywhere else than the Google Play store, Amazon Appstore or directly from the Spotify website.

iOS and Windows Phone users are safe so far, so they won’t need to take any further action.

“Please note that offline playlists will have to be re-downloaded in the new version. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you understand that this is a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of our service and protect our users,” the announcement reads.

The company has taken steps to strengthen its security systems in general and to protect user data.

It looks like Spotify is taking extra precautions with this limited data breach. Most likely, the recent problems reported by eBay, where 145 million users had their data accessed by hackers is making Spotify be extra careful these days, especially considering the backlash against the online marketplace.
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