LinkedIn Security Breach Under Investigation

Last Updated on June 26, 2017

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects
LinkedIn has more than 161 million users. It is estimated that roughly 6.5 million passwords were compromised. LinkedIn is a business-focused professional social networking site.
It has been reported that passwords from millions of users have been stolen and posted in an online Russian hackers' forum to be cracked. As many users have the same password for multiple accounts (i.e. LinkedIn, Gmail, Facebook), other accounts may ultimately be compromised. In addition, if LinkedIn profile information is stolen, phishing scam with this in-depth personal information may be extremely easy. It is unknown whether the people who leaked the passwords have more passwords, e-mail addresses, and user names that they have not leaked.
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Additional Details
All users are suggested to change their passwords immediately to prevent possible further risks.
LinkedIn released a statement on June 6, 2012 acknowledging that some passwords were stolen.