Cloud storage service Dropbox went down Friday evening, and the reason behind
the outage is, well, a bit cloudy.
During the outage, the Dropbox site was down and users had trouble connecting
to the server through the desktop application.
While Dropbox claims the outage **" … was caused during routine internal
maintenance, and was not caused by external factors."**
Hacker group 1775 Sec says it's behind the outage, tweeting: **" … We have
just compromised the Dropbox website … "**
According to 9to5mac, the group claims it launched a distributed denial of
service -- or DDoS -- attack on Dropbox in honor of Internet activist Aaron
Swartz. Swartz committed suicide one year ago as of January 11.
The group even tweeted a link to data it claims comes from the Dropbox
But the cloud storage company says the leak is a hoax, and the group simply
used the site's downtime as an opportunity to claim it attacked Dropbox's
In a response to TechCrunch, Dropbox says the data 1773 Sec posted to its
Twitter account is actually from a security breach of another website. **"In
regards to claims of 'leaked user information' - this is a ...