Evernote latest tech firm to see security breach

EVERNOTE, the popular internet-based note sharing service, has become the latest in a string of technology companies to fall victim to cyberattacks.

The business has reset the passwords of its 50m users – 2m of whom are in the UK – after it admitted to falling victim to a security breach that gave hackers access to usernames and email addresses.

The incident follows similar attacks on Facebook, Apple, Microsoft Twitter, and others, all of whom have succumbed to breaches in the last two months.

“Evernote’s Operations & Security team has discovered and blocked suspicious activity… that appears to have been a co-ordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote service,” the company said in a statement released on Saturday.

“As a precaution to protect your data, we have decided to implement a password reset. In our security investigation, we have found no evidence that any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost. As recent events with other large services have demonstrated, this type of activity is becoming more common.”

In mid-February, Facebook admitted that a security loophole had allowed its systems to be targeted, and earlier in the month the micro-blogging service Twitter said email addresses and passwords of 250,000 users may have been stolen.

Twitter has also seen the accounts of high-profile brands such as Jeep and Burger King hacked, a significant problem for the business due to its reliance on income from those big advertisers.

It is unclear who was responsible for the attacks, which have also affected media companies such as the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. These incidents were blamed on hackers working for the Chinese government.

Evernote, which launched its service in 2008, has become popular amongst both consumers and businesses, and was valued at around $1bn (£665m) last year.