Spotify execs have denied claims that the music streaming service has been hacked after users details were leaked online.
The company was forced to issue the denial after reports on Tuesday that a list of names, email address and passwords of Spotify customers were published on the file sharing site Pastebin.
“Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords,” the statement read.
However, despite the company’s denial, users have continued to report unusual things happening on their Spotify account.
One Spotify user who asked to remain anonymous told Techcrunch: “I suspected my account had been hacked last week as I saw ‘recently played’ songs that I’d never listened to, so I changed my password and logged out of all devices.”
Other users said they had been suddenly kicked out of their account, one while they were streaming music.
Another user reported that someone had been able to change the password on their account, with it triggering any warning from Spotify.
What could make the situation worse if those affected have used the same password for their Spotify account as say for email, Facebook, Twitter or even their online banking.
Regardless of how complicated, reusing a password even on just one other account puts you at a far greater risk of your personal data being compromised should you ever be hacked.
People who use the same password across multiple online accounts are just asking for trouble and potentially could open the door to hackers gaining complete control of their online life.