Hacks come in all shapes and sizes. Recent hacks at Target and eBay affected millions of users. Today’s hack was much smaller in scale. According to a message on Spotify’s blog, one user’s account was compromised during “unauthorized access to our systems and internal company data.”
Spotify’s CTO Oskar Stal went on to write, “Our evidence shows that only one Spotify user’s data has been accessed and this did not include any password, financial or payment information. We have contacted this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this 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.”
These “certain Spotify users” seem to be just Android users. Android app users will be asked to update their app in the next few days.
The new update will impact offline playlists, which will have to be re-downloaded on the new version.
Spotify has promised they have “taken steps to strengthen our security systems in general and help protect you and your data.”
All-in-all, not a big deal. It’s nice to see Spotify being proactive, though. Something we need to see more of as hacks and intrusions occur on a more frequent basis.