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Spotify to ask Android users to update following successful hack

Daniel Ek of Spotify, addressing Spotify staff
Daniel Ek of Spotify, addressing Spotify staff
Jpn Oslund - Wikimedia Commons

Android has a long and sordid history when it comes to the mobile operating systems apparent inability to curb hacking, and malware from with its ecosystem, and following reports on May 27 it appears that hacking is still a major problem for some of the applications that run on Android. The report from today states that popular music streaming app, Spotify has indeed been attacked.

While the breach may be small compared to some other recent hacking attempts (like Ebay), Spotify are urging users of its app on Android to update their passwords to make absolutely sure that their account cannot be compromised. In the next couple of days, Spotify will begin to ask users to re-enter their username and password, and the update their old log-in information. The update to the app will also mean that any playlists users had created and downloaded to their device, will need to be downloaded again, which is a small price to pay for being safe and secure.

Today's breach has only affected one user (that Spotify knows of) so far, but the hack is so bad, and could cause so much significant damage that they are taking immediate action. Hacking has always been a major issue with the Android operating system simply because of its open-source nature. In recent years Google has made significant changes to the operating system, and while this hack hasn't been specifically on the actual operating system itself, the fact that just the Android version of Spotify has been successfully attacked shows that Android apps are perhaps a little less secure than those on other operating systems such as Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone.

Source: Spotify