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Top music streaming service urges users to change passwords

Top music streaming service urges users to change passwords

In light of the recent password reuse attacks against other online services such as LogMeIn, GoToMyPc, Netflix, Facebook and other companies are analyzing the data dumps of stolen user credentials posted online and are sending preemptive notices if your email was found on these lists.

A password reuse attack happens when an attacker attempts to log in to a service using credentials previously stolen from other sites.

If you have a Pandora account and you received this email recently, it is advised that you update your password immediately.

Although Pandora is claiming that there are no breaches nor evidence of tampering against the music streaming site, they are sending these emails as a precautionary measure against password reuse attacks.

Dear Pandora listener:
As a precaution, we want to make you aware of a situation that could possibly affect your Pandora account.
First off, there is no evidence that your Pandora account has been compromised or tampered with in any way.
However, usernames and passwords that were breached from a service other than Pandora a few years ago were posted on the web recently.
In order to protect Pandora Listeners, our security teams have analyzed the data and found that your Pandora username was included in the list.
If you share passwords across services and haven't updated them recently, and you haven't already reset your Pandora password, you should do so now.
Below is a link with which you can request a password reset on Pandora.https://www.pandora.com/account/help
We apologize for any inconvenience and are happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out at: https://help.pandora.com/customer/portal/emails/new.
Listen on,
Pandora

"If you share passwords across services and haven't updated them recently," Pandora advises," and you haven't already reset your Pandora password, you should do so now."

If you received this email, it is a good idea to check your other online accounts too since attackers will typically reuse this same data across other services.

To protect yourself from such attacks, security experts recommend using strong complex passwords and avoiding using the same credentials for different services. 

If the service provides two-factor user authentication, where a code is sent to your phone for verification purposes, it is recommended that you turn that on, too, as an added security measure.

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