- Over 500 million LinkedIn users’ data were compromised in a huge data leak.
- Two million users’ data has been made public as sample proof.
- LinkedIn has confirmed the breach, is investigating the issue.
LinkedIn is the latest victim of a massive data breach and the data of over 500 million of its users is leaked from the platform and posted online for sale. The dataset includes sensitive information like email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, full names, account IDs, links to their social media accounts, and gender details.
LinkedIn has over 740 million users, the company mentions this on its website, which means that data of over two-third of its subscribers has been compromising and being sold online. The news was first reported by CyberNews, and LinkedIn later confirmed the breach to Business Insider.
Two million out of total records are leak as a proof-of-concept sample by people behind the hack.
In a purported sample of two million of the profiles for sale, LinkedIn members’ full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, and more were visible. LinkedIn, however, says the data includes information from many places and wasn’t all scraped from the professional-focused social network.
LinkedIn’s spokesperson said:
“We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies.”
“While users on the hacker forum can view the leaked samples for about $2 worth of forum credits, the threat appears to be auctioning the much-larger 500 million user database for at least a 4-digit sum, presumably in bitcoin,” the report mentioned.
LinkedIn has yet to tell us if it will notify users whose data was in the dataset.
How can I protect myself from data leaks?
To safeguard yourself from possible threats, change the password of your Linkedin account and the email address associated with the account and enable two-factor authentication on all your official accounts.
The password should ideally be a strong one and you could save it in a strong password manager for auto-fill. Also, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever available, and do not accept connections, especially on LinkedIn and Facebook, from unknown people.
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