Evernote Potential Target of Attack; Issues Security Notice

By | March 04, 2013

Posted in: Network Security Trends

Did you have trouble logging into Evernote this morning? You’re not alone.

The popular note taking software service said it appeared to have been the victim of a coordinated attempt to access secure areas of their service. In a Security Notice issued on its blog, Evernote, which according to the company services 50 million users, tried to allay those users’ fears stating that no confidential information had been compromised but safeguard their clients’ information they were issuing a platform-wide password reset.

“As recent events with other large services have demonstrated, this type of activity is becoming more common. 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,” company officials said in the post.

This apparent breach is yet another in a long line of recent application-related incidents. Late last month, both Burger King and Jeep discovered they were the victims of compromised Twitter intrusions.

The incident with Evernote comes at a sensitive time for the Redwood City, California-based business. According to a recent San Francisco Chronicle piece, Evernote is making a push towards accumulating 1 billion users on its way towards becoming a player in the business productivity market.

With employees bringing their own devices (BYOD) into the office as work and life intersect, products like Evernote, Dropbox and the like are beginning to infiltrate the workspace at breakneck pace. This sort of attempted breach serves as a constant reminder to the many headaches faced by today’s IT practitioners. If you transact online, no matter what industry, you are a target.

Do yourself a favor and be smart about how you employ these products. As a consumer, the takeaway to this, and most every hack, is simple: avoid using simple passwords, heed the warnings of the subscriber service, try and keep sensitive data off of these sorts of services and maintain a healthy level of vigilance.

Do this “evermore,” and these sorts of routine hacks will be more inconvenience than invasion.

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