Some of the tech industry’s most trusted companies have come under attack by hackers and scammers lately. Dropbox is the latest one to experience strange errors. Today, Dropbox users are complaining that they have received strange spam emails that claim to be from Dropbox.
The complaints started in this thread, where users began to complain that their exclusive Dropbox emails were starting to receive spam messages from a number of different agencies. The email are exclusive to Dropbox’s web server (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org), which certainly suggests some sort of data leak on the part of Dropbox.
We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops, but for now, it doesn’t look good for Dropbox. It seems that the issue is somehow connected to users’ referral IDs. If you have released your referral ID to the general population (like by posting it on a forum and telling people to apply through that link), then you might have received spam over the last24 hours.
Dropbox is currently investigating the issue and, to give the company credit, it is remaining open with media and users about the issue as it develops. When Dropbox finds out what caused its mail server files to leak (if they did), then they’ll let everybody know.
Let’s hope the issue isn’t too serious. Dropbox always seemed like one of the ‘good guys’ in the tech industry.