A forensic tool has been released that allows private files on the Dropbox online hosting service to be read.
Its developer, ATC-NY, claims the tool will reveal a user's email address, Dropbox identifier, recent files and shared directories.
Dropbox is a cloud based system that provides a free storage and sharing service from desktops and mobile devices for some 25 million users.
The company claims that it “uses the same secure methods as banks and the military” and prevents its staff from accessing customer data.
But now a new forensic tool, Dropbox Reader, could make it easier for investigators to crack open Dropbox.
The program is a series of six command-line Python scripts that parse Dropbox configuration and cache files using Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
ATC-NY described the functions of each Python script:
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