In a bizarre turn of events, cloud storage platform Dropbox complained that crypto miners were responsible for misuse of its unlimited storage space plan. The company said individuals from the crypto market were pooling storage space from its Advanced subscription to make way for their own use cases.
Dropbox Reveals Crypto Miner Misuse
The company revealed that it found users pooling in cloud space to use for crypto mining and more particularly for Chia, a cryptocurrency with a market cap of $250 million. In a statement, Dropbox said the some of the offenders were also reselling the pooled spaces. “Unrelated individuals pooling storage for personal use cases, or even instances of reselling storage,” it said.
Interestingly, the company began to be suspicious of the misuse when some of these accounts were frequently using up thousands of times more storage compared to the genuine business customers. Hence, the company decided to remove the unlimited plan:
“As a result, we are sunsetting the “as much space as you need” policy and transitioning to a metered model.”
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