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June 17th, 2008

DivShare Online Storage Breached, Basic Members Data Accessed By Hacker

DivShare, an online service for storing and sharing video, photos, music and documents, has had a security breach. The company announced on its blog tonight that a malicious user had accessed its database, which included user e-mail addresses and other basic profile information.

DivShare is an online file-sharing service with more than half a million members. It is free to sign up for, gives members 5GB of storage and it is possible to download 50GB of data from the service per month.

DivShare members have been warned regarding this security breach by an email from the service. DivShare temporarily took all members’ files offline and implemented a new security system, though full access to the files has now been restored, the company said.

“No financial information has been accessed by any unauthorized parties. We have taken extreme measures to secure the site in the last 12 hours and are currently in the process of rolling out new security precautions,” the statement said. It also says that the company apologizes for allowing this breach to take place and takes every precaution available to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

While it’s good that DivShare provides information about their security breach, it might be hard to trust again a company that allowed personal information to be accessed by hackers. Although they quickly resolved the issue, the database remains compromised, and this is probably why DivShare recommends all users to change account password and the passwords on any private folders as a security precaution.

According to DivShare website update from 8:30 PM ET, all files are now back online after outages caused by security upgrades. Concerned members of DivShare service can contact support in case of any questions.

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