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LinkedIn users beware: personal data of 700 million users leaked

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Hackers have wiped out data on LinkedIn. LinkedIn data of over 700 million users have reportedly been leaked in a new data breach case. LinkedIn has a total of 756 million users, which means that more than 92 percent of users’ data has been compromised in this new breach.

LinkedIn confirmed this data leak affecting 500 million users

The new dataset obtained by an unidentified hacker includes personal details of LinkedIn users, including phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation data, and estimated salaries. In April, LinkedIn confirmed this data leak affecting 500 million users. In this personal details such as email address, phone number, workplace information, full name, account ID, links to their social media accounts, and gender details were listed online.

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What is LinkedIn’s take on this data breach?

On the other hand, LinkedIn says that it did not face a data breach, but got this information through scraping the network. In a statement sent by email, LinkedIn told Gadgets 360: “While we are still investigating the issue, our preliminary analysis indicates that the dataset contains information scraped from LinkedIn as well as obtained from other sources.” This was not a LinkedIn data breach and our investigation has determined that none of the private LinkedIn members’ data was exposed. Scraping data from LinkedIn is a violation of our Terms of Service and We are working relentlessly to ensure that the privacy of our users is protected.”

Dataset of 700 million users is also on sale on the dark web

A new dataset of 700 million users is also on sale on the dark web, in which the hacker posted a sample set of 1 million users for buyers. Restore Privacy first spotted this listing on the dark web and the sample data was cross-verified by 9to5Google. Sample datasets published on the dark web include email addresses, full names, phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation records, LinkedIn username, and profile URLs, estimated salaries, personal and professional experiences/backgrounds, gender, and information on social media accounts and usernames is included.

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