Dropbox hit with an outage on Friday night, due to ‘routine internal maintenance’

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Cloud storage company Dropbox went offline at around 9PM EST on Friday night. It was not possible to access the service through the desktop browser or through a mobile app during that time. The API also stopped working at around 8:45PM EST. Dropbox reassured users that they were not hacked.

“We are aware of an issue currently affecting the Dropbox site. We have identified the cause, which was the result of an issue that arose during routine internal maintenance, and are working to fix this as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience,” said Dropbox in a statement as quoted by TheNextWeb.

Dropbox fixed the outage and said that a hacker that claimed responsibility for their downtime is a hoax. A hacker group called 1775Sec claimed responsibility for Dropbox’s downtime on Twitter, but Dropbox said that information is not true.

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  1. Eric says:

    I love DropBox and have used it for years both personally and in a business environment. The biggest challenge that they face is they provide a service that is easily replicated by any number of companies, including powerful ones like Google , Amazon and Microsoft. The services are a dime a dozen right now and they way I see it, there are two things that can set a company apart: 1) tight integration with multiple platforms and 2) lots of storage space. Dropbox is doing a great job on the integration front. It couldn’t be much easier to use, whether on a Mac, PC, or cellphone. But right now, they are getting pressure on the storage space issue. I keep getting emails that Norton wants to give me 50GB and Google wants to give me 100 MB. So right now I am making the switch to a product by Barracuda called Copy. They start you out with 20GB of space (more than I have on DropBox after years) and with referrals of 5GB a pop it can go quickly from there. Check it out at https://copy.com?r=BlX7tm.

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