Almost 50m Evernote users are being asked to reset their passwords, after the cloud service became the latest high-profile hacking victim.
The company said in a blog post that its security team had become aware of a coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote Service on February 28, with hackers gaining access to user data, including usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords. The company stressed, however, that it had not found evidence that any of the content stored in Evernote had been accessed, changed or lost. “We also have no evidence that any payment information for Evernote Premium or Evernote Business customers was accessed,” it added. Nevertheless, Evernote is asking all users to reset their passwords.
As Evernote admits in its blog “this type of activity is becoming more common”, with Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft among big names to fall victim recently. Nevertheless, the attack is a blow for the company which has, until now, led a fairly charmed life, announcing an $85m funding round in December, following a $70m round in May this year and $50m in July 2011.
“We take our responsibility to keep your data safe very seriously, and we’re constantly enhancing the security of our service infrastructure to protect Evernote and your content,” the company concluded.