Spotify resets user passwords due to data breaches suffered by other companies

Spotify will pre-empt any potential security mishaps by resetting users passwords, in response to a recent rash of data breaches affecting Dropbox, LinkedIn, VK.com and Tumblr.

The Swedish music streaming service is aware that users of its service may have reused their login details, and by extension, put themselves at risk of having their accounts hijacked.

In an email to users of the service, the company confirmed that this was done in response to data breaches suffered by other companies and is not related to any problem within its own systems.

The email from Spotify said: “To protect your Spotify account, we've reset your password. This is because we believe it may have been compromised during a leak on another service with which you use the same password”.

The email concludes: “Don't worry! This is purely a preventative security measure. Nobody has accessed your Spotify account, and your data is secure”.

In April, hundreds of Spotify account credentials appeared online on the website Pastebin, the information includes emails, usernames, passwords, account type and other details.