Spotify Hacked – Hundreds of User Credentials Released Online

Spotify Hacked – Hundreds of User Credentials Released Online
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A mysterious list containing the credentials of hundreds of Spotify users, including account details such as usernames, passwords, and email addresses has popped up on a third-party website that goes by the name of Pastebin. Spotify is still adamantly claiming that there has not been any kind of security breach on their end and that “user records are secure.”


As to how this particular list came into being is still unclear, if indeed Spotify was not hacked. According to TechCrunch, there does not seem to be any other alternative explanation behind the incident since all the information that got leaked could only have exclusively obtained by Spotify in order to set up accounts for their subscribers. Moreover, in addition to the email IDs and passwords, the list also depicts what kind of account the user holds and from what country he/she belongs from, which cannot be a mere coincidence.

Some pretty suspicious activities were observed by many of the users when it came to their Spotify accounts, around the time that the list got posted. While some of them could not access their accounts with their original passwords, others noticed unknown songs added to their playlist that they had personally never listened to before.

“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 (who preferred to remain anonymous) told TechCrunch. AppAdvice confirmed that the list was posted on 23rd April 2016; however not much is known about the matter yet.

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