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PSA: Update your Spotify app to stay safe from hackers
Due to a hacking incident, Spotify will be updating its Android app and asking users to re-enter their credentials.
According to Oskar Stal, the Chief Technology Officer of the popular music service, a hacker broke into the account of one user. While that may not seem like a serious issue, the fact that Spotify issued an update to its app suggests it became aware of a serious weakness in its defenses.
Spotify admits the hacking incident resulted in “unauthorized access to [Spotify] systems and internal company data,” but the company claims users are not at an “increased risk.” Still, certain users will be asked to re-enter their email and password the next time they open Spotify (presumably the web version), while all Android users will have to update their app.
As a side effect of the Android app update, you will have to re-download any playlists you may have saved for offline listening. More details on the issue here.
If you use Spotify on other devices, you should know that the iOS and Windows Phone Spotify apps are not affected by the vulnerability.