LinkedIn Data Breach
LinkedIn Data Breach: Personal Details Of 500 Million LinkedIn Users Leaked Online
Another day, another data breach! It has recently come to light that LinkedIn, an online network for working professionals, has suffered a massive data breach where personal data of over 500 million LinkedIn users has been put up for sale on a popular hacker forum. In fact, about 2 million records have already been leaked by the hacker as sample proof.
As reported by CyberNews, the archive of data consists of personal sensitive information including email IDs, workplace information, contact numbers, full names, account IDs, social media account links, gender details, and more. The hacker who posted the data dump on the hacker forum is allowing users on the forum to view the leaked sample proof for about $2 worth of forum credits.
However, users who want to buy the leaked 500 million user profiles will have to pay a four-digit amount (in USD) in exchange, potentially via bitcoins. “Also selling 500M profiles, PM me for price 4 digit $$$$ minimum price,” states the post on the forum.
According to the report, the hacker claims that he managed to “scrape” the data from LinkedIn. However, it currently remains unclear as to whether the data that has been put up by the hacker is updated or aggregated from other data breaches.
Although LinkedIn earlier told CyberNews that there was no LinkedIn data breach, and “no private member account data from LinkedIn was included”, the company later confirmed to Business Insider that there is a dataset of public information scraped from the platform.
“While we're still investigating this issue, the posted dataset appears to include publicly viewable information that was scraped from LinkedIn combined with data aggregated from other websites or companies," a LinkedIn spokesperson told Inside. "Scraping our members' data from LinkedIn violates our terms of service and we are constantly working to protect our members and their data."
To protect your LinkedIn account from data leaks, make sure that you don’t click on any suspicious malware links sent by strangers to your inbox, and make sure to regularly change passwords of your LinkedIn as well as email accounts.