Yesterday's Authentication Bug

Hi Dropboxers,

Yesterday we made a code update at 1:54pm Pacific time that introduced a bug affecting our authentication mechanism. We discovered this at 5:41pm and a fix was live at 5:46pm. A very small number of users (much less than 1 percent) logged in during that period, some of whom could have logged into an account without the correct password. As a precaution, we ended all logged in sessions.

We’re conducting a thorough investigation of related activity to understand whether any accounts were improperly accessed. If we identify any specific instances of unusual activity, we’ll immediately notify the account owner. If you’re concerned about any activity that has occurred in your account, you can contact us at

This should never have happened. We are scrutinizing our controls and we will be implementing additional safeguards to prevent this from happening again.


[Update – Mon, 10:46pm] – We’re working around the clock to gather additional data and continue to review logs for potentially unauthorized activity. We aim to notify users who had login activity during the period within the next few hours.

We are sorry for this and regardless of how many people were ultimately affected, any exposure at all is unacceptable to us. We will continue to provide regular updates.

[Update – Tue, 2:49am] – At this point, the accounts that logged in during the period have been emailed with additional activity-related details for review. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

[Update – Fri, 1:59pm] – Today we sent an email directly to users whose accounts were likely compromised during the recent security lapse. According to our records, there were fewer than a hundred affected users and neither account settings nor files were modified in any of these accounts. Our team has been working tirelessly to review what happened and to make sure that it never happens again. At this point, we have contacted all these users and provided them more detail. We will continue to provide updates when available.