Thanks to crypto miners, Dropbox says ‘no more’ to unlimited storage

Dropbox has decided to put a cap on its “all-you-can-store” buffet on storage. Why the sudden change of heart, you ask? Well, it seems some users have been playing a bit fast and loose with the term “unlimited.” The original idea behind Dropbox’s unlimited storage was to cater to businesses operating in shared spaces. But, as it turns out, a few crafty crypto miners decided to bend the rules for personal gain or even reselling the storage. One of the main culprits is a unique cryptocurrency called Chia. Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum, which use proof of work or proof of stake models, Chia has a different approach. It’s all about “proof of space and time.” This allows users to earn crypto rewards based on “plots” of 100 GB storage space. It’s clever, but it’s causing some headaches. Some users have taken to staking these plots on cloud storage platforms like Dropbox, causing a significant uptick in storage usage. Dropbox eventually caught on, with users consuming way more storage than your average business customer, which could potentially compromise the service’s reliability. .stk-853ecb3{box-shadow:0 0 0 2px rgba(120,120,120,0.1) !important}.stk-853ecb3-container{background-color:#f3f3f3 !important}.stk-853ecb3-container:before{background-color:#f3f3f3 !important} .stk-fff85bd{margin-left:-20px !important}.stk-fff85bd .stk–svg-wrapper .stk–inner-svg svg:last-child{opacity:0.7 !important}.stk-fff85bd .stk–svg-wrapper .stk–inner-svg svg:last-child,.stk-fff85bd .stk–svg-wrapper .stk–inner-svg svg:last-child :is(g,path,rect,polygon,ellipse){fill:var(–stk-global-color-56583,#911d9c) !important} .stk-75422ff{margin-left:-17px !important}.stk-75422ff .stk-block-text__text{font-size:16px !important;font-weight:300 !important;font-style:normal !important;font-family:”Golos Text”,Sans-serif !important}@media screen and (max-width:1023px){.stk-75422ff .stk-block-text__text{font-size:16px !important}}“In recent months, we’ve seen a surge of this behavior in the wake of other services making similar policy changes,” Dropbox said. “We’ve observed that customers like these frequently consume thousands of times more storage than…Thanks to crypto miners, Dropbox says ‘no more’ to unlimited storage

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