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Evernote is requiring its nearly 50 million users to reset their passwords after the popular personal note-taking app became the latest high-profile victim of wide-scale hacking attempts. The breach follows malicious activity at TwitterFacebookand others in recent weeks.

Phil Libin, Evernote’s CEO and founder, told TechCrunch in an email everything is running, although if you try to access the site things may not work as normal at the moment.

On February 28th, the Evernote Operations & Security team became aware of unusual and potentially malicious activity on the Evernote service that warranted a deeper look. They discovered that a person or persons had gained access to usernames, email addresses and encrypted user passwords. In their ongoing analysis, they have found no evidence that there has been unauthorized access to the contents of any user account or to any payment information of Evernote Premium and Evernote Business customers.

In a blog post, the company said that “individual(s) responsible were able to gain access to Evernote user information, which includes usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts and encrypted passwords,” but that no payment details were accessed.

Evernote was asked if this was in any way connected to what happened at Zendesk the other week (that breach affected several other sites), he said that is not yet know. 

The spokesperson says that in addition to the blog, the company is sending out direct emails and social media encouraging any user with questions or concerns to contact Evernote support directly.

Changes to passwords will need to be made across all Evernote apps that you may use, including Evernote Food, Evernote Business, and Evernote Hello.

With news of data breaches now happening on a regular basis, it remains to be seen what kind of an impact these breaches are going to have of overall consumer confidence of these services — the question is whether users will become desensitized to the idea, or whether they will turn away from them for more seemingly secure pastures. The fact that they continue to happen certainly does put a dark lining around some of the optimism we’ve seen about the evolution and promises of putting our life in the cloud.

Cross-posted from: TC

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