A hacker claims to have 117 million LinkedIn log-in account details and has put them up for sale on the dark web – an illegal marketplace full of cyber criminals.
As reported by DailyMail:
The business social network suffered a major breach four years ago in which it was previously thought a far smaller number of accounts had been compromised.
The hacker, known as ‘Peace’, says he has account information, including emails and passwords. He is asking for 5 Bitcoin for the data, which is the equivalent of around $2,200 (£1,507).
Simon Crosby, co-founder at security firm Bromium, said: ‘LinkedIn has had an awful record of securing their service, and this appears to be another confirmation that they operate without due care for the valuable information they curate.
‘I recommend that users be very cautious of using the service because attackers will use compromised accounts to launch other attacks. Change your password now.’
When LinkedIn suffered a breach in 2012, it said it had reset the accounts of those it thought had been compromised. It now plans to repeat these measures, but on a much larger scale.
Experts warn that the website is used to send sensitive work-related messages and to search for career opportunities – data they are likely to want to keep private.
A LinkedIn spokesman in California told the BBC: ‘We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords.
‘We have no indication that this is a result of a new security breach.
‘We encourage our members to visit our safety centre to ensure they have two-step verification authentication and to use strong passwords in order to keep their accounts as safe as possible.’
Read more at DailyMail.
As difficult, annoying, tedious, and tiring as it may seem, please create different passwords when you sign up for any websites. That includes social media websites, dating websites, etc. It won’t be as easy for the hacker to get into all of your accounts if they have different passwords, at least.
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