Stolen Data of 117m LinkedIn Users Is Sold Online Added: Friday, May 20th, 2016
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A hacker is selling LinkedIn users’ user IDs and passwords on the darknet. It is claimed that the details were sourced from a cyber attack on LinkedIn 4 years ago. Now they are being advertised on the darknet, which is not accessible via ordinary web browsers and often serves as a platform for illegal activity.
A hacker nicknamed “Peace” has reportedly placed the details of 117m LinkedIn users on the black marketplace The Real Deal on sale for 5 Bitcoins, which is around $2,250. Four years ago, LinkedIn reset the accounts of the users it believed suffered from the cyber attack. Besides, all members of LinkedIn were recommended to change their passwords just in case.
Now it turned out that the number of users affected was far greater than initially thought. As a result, LinkedIn thinks it needs a more wide-scale password reset. At the time, about 6.5m details were disclosed, but the company’s chief information security officer believes the extra data was gained as the result of the same security breach.
Now LinkedIn became aware of another freshly released set of user details that claims to be email and hashed passwords of over 100m LinkedIn members from that same theft four years ago. The company assured that it was taking immediate steps to reset the passwords of the affected accounts and promised to contact all the affected members.
Security experts remind that news of LinkedIn breach is the latest in a long chain of cyber attacks on major online services and organizations. Within the last few years, telecoms firm TalkTalk and parental forum Mumsnet also suffered from security breaches. Posted by:
Friday, May 20th, 2016
|better change my password now, thanks for the warning||
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