Spotify hacked, user data stolen

The increasingly popular music streaming service Spotify has revealed that it was the target of malicious hackers at the end of 2008.

The Swedish based company issued a statement on its blog yesterday warning "along with passwords, registration information such as your email address, birth date, gender, postal code and billing receipt details were potentially exposed. Credit card numbers are not stored by us and were not at risk. All payment data is handled by a secure 3rd party provider."

Spotify claim credit-card details, which were handled by a third party, have remained secure.

The company recommends users change their passwords if they registered on or before December 19th, 2008 when the intrusion took place.

The service was originally launched in 2006 and allows users to access music for free. Tracks are streamed to users PCs and interrupted by advertising. The site offers an ad-free service for £10 per month.

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