New Android App Released after Spotify Hack Added: Sunday, June 1st, 2014
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Android users are required to download a new app to continue using Spotify. Desktop, Apple and Windows Phone users remained unaffected. The company decided to force Android users to install an entirely new application after a hacker attack compromised the sensitive details of one user.
All Android users are now required to download and install a new Spotify app instead of updating the old one – this is how the company reacts to a cyberattack that led to one user’s information compromised.
The service reported that its internal systems had been hacked. An investigation revealed that the intruders accessed data of only one user, which didn’t even include password or finical details. Nevertheless, the company decided to take a precautionary measure against any potential ongoing risk, and now all Android app users are guided to upgrade. So, don’t be surprised when Spotify prompts you for an upgrade – just follow the instructions. Both free and subscription users are required to upgrade.
However, the service is not requiring changes to other platforms – Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Windows Phone. Apparently, this can be taken as an indication that only the Android version was the target of the hack.
At the moment, Spotify is pushing out an update to the existing Spotify app. When installed on Android platform, the update disables the application and forces people to download a separate new app called “Spotify Music”. After the app is downloaded, users have to open it and re-download any music that was previously stored offline. The good news is that they are not required to re-login to the new app. The app itself will help users remove the previous version of Spotify from the device that is now listed as “no longer supported” one.
Spotify explained it is just a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of the service and protect users. The company promised to take steps to strengthen its security systems in general and help protect both users and their data.
Actually, Spotify can be understood – this move comes just a few days after eBay revealed it had been attacked and its customer database had leaked, and issued password reset requests to millions of active users. At the time, security experts questioned the eBay’s handling of private user information and brought the storage of sensitive data under the spotlight.
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