A hacker claimed to have stolen 7 million Dropbox accounts yesterday, but I have doubts about his story.
OK, so bear with me with this one. Say you're a hacker, right? You read the news, you know the stories and you might even stumble across Kim Komando's blog once in a while. So the first thing you're going to notice is that massive hacks get attention.
Here's the problem with pulling off a massive hack of your own: You're not very good at this whole hacking thing. Your finger is on the pulse of hacker news, though, so you also know that people's trust in the cybersecurity industry is at an all-time low.
The first thing that you have to pick is a target. The hacker in this story picked Dropbox, and posted a few hundred username/password combinations on an online discussion board before promising 7 million more if people donated untraceable bitcoins to him.
If a real hacker had stolen 7 million Dropbox accounts, then you can rest assured that they'd be on shadowy underground marketplaces within an hour or so. He or she could make much more money by posting the information where more people will buy it.
This hacker might very well have stolen Dropbox information, but I'm inclined to believe Dropbox's claim that the site wasn't, in fact, hacked.