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Carbonite Online Service Warns Users To Change Passwords

(pc-google images) A day after remote desktop service GoToMyPc accounts were hacked, online backup service Carbonite has suffered the same...






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A day after remote desktop service GoToMyPc accounts were hacked, online backup service Carbonite has suffered the same fate. Carbonite has, therefore, issued a warning that hackers are attempting to break into its users accounts, and are prompting all users to change their passwords.

“As part of our ongoing security monitoring, we recently became aware of unauthorized attempts to access a number of Carbonite accounts. This activity appears to be the result of a third party attacker using compromised email addresses and passwords obtained from other companies that were previously attacked. The attackers then tried to use the stolen information to access Carbonite accounts”, read the statement issued by the online service.

The company claims its own systems haven't been compromised.

“Based on our security reviews, there is no evidence to suggest that Carbonite has been hacked or compromised”.

“While we will continue to monitor and investigate the matter, we have determined that usernames and passwords are involved. Additionally, for some accounts, other personal information may have been exposed.”

Carbonite hasn't yet imposed two-factor authentication as a default, but it does "strongly encourage" its customers to use 2FA.

Most Carbonite users should receive an email from the company in the coming days, but they'll be prompted to reset their password as soon as they try to use the service anyway.

“Look for an email from Carbonite with instructions for resetting your password. We highly recommend all customers use “strong” unique passwords for Carbonite and all online accounts. Learn more about strong passwords at www.carbonite.com/safety. If you use the same or similar passwords on other online services, we recommend that you set new passwords on those accounts as well”, the company added in the statement.










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