Spotify breach will require Android app upgrades

May 27, 2014

Spotify is requiring people listening to its popular music service on Android devices to install new software as a safeguard against a recent security breach.

The break-in so far has only resulted in unauthorized access to one user's account, according to a Tuesday disclosure posted online by Oskar Stal, Spotify's chief technology officer. He said passwords and financial information were not stolen.

Spotify has more than 40 million users. A substantial number of them rely on Android, the world's most popular mobile operating system. Spotify users streaming on iPhones, iPads and Windows devices don't have to upgrade at this time.

Some users will be required to re-enter their passwords to log in.

And Android device users prompted to upgrade their Spotify application may have to deal with another headache: All previously saved offline playlists must be downloaded again.

The Spotify breach is just the latest intrusion into a prominent company. Just last week, e-commerce company eBay Inc. required its users to change passwords after its database was hacked. Thieves stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers from customers shopping at Target stores in November and December. The personal information of about 70 million Target customers was also snatched. The breach prompted many consumers to shop elsewhere.

Explore further: Spotify jumps to 10 million paying subscribers

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Spotify snaps up The Echo Nest

Mar 06, 2014

Music streaming service Spotify announced Thursday it had acquired The Echo Nest, a company behind technology to suggest songs to listeners.

Recommended for you

Google hits back at rivals with futuristic HQ plan

Feb 27, 2015

Google unveiled plans Friday for a new campus headquarters integrating wildlife and sweeping waterways, aiming to make a big statement in Silicon Valley—which is already seeing ambitious projects from Apple ...

Barclays to allow payments by using Twitter handles

Feb 27, 2015

The next chapter in banks moving into the digital age is a stretch beyond reminding customers over phone lines that they can also bank online. Barclays has launched Twitter payments through Pingit.

Pebble smartwatch nears Kickstarter record

Feb 27, 2015

The latest version of the Pebble smartwatch neared a record funding amount on Kickstarter on Friday amid growing interest in wearable tech and ahead of the highly anticipated Apple Watch launch.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.