Founded 14 years ago, the music streaming service Spotify now has 320 million users.
During the summer of 2020, hackers accessed at least 300,000 Spotify accounts, stealing login credentials, email addresses, and other user data. On July 3, 2020, vpnMentor discovered the records of 300,000 to 350,000 unique Spotify users in a database.
According to vpnMentor, the hackers were using the accounts to defraud Spotify and the users themselves. The organization stated that over the next three weeks, it helped Spotify identify the hackers that own the database, isolate the issue, and protect customers from further attacks. vpnMonitor said it implemented a "rolling reset" for compromised user passwords. Urian Buenconsejo "300,000 Spotify Users Hacked: Email Addresses, Logins, and Other Data Exposed" techtimes.com (Nov. 26, 2020).