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Breach of LinkedIn's Lynda.com affects 55000

2016-12-20 03:25 by
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Data breach in LinkedIn's learning site Lynda.com has affected 55,000 users. Last weekend a hacker gained access to a database containing users' contact information, their learning data, and which courses they have viewed.

The company's information security team used the "PBKDFv2" algorithm to hash the passwords. Despite this fact, the company has reset the passwords of the affected users "as a precautionary measure."

"We're also working to notify approximately 9.5 million Lynda.com users who had learner data, but no protected password information, in the database," a spokesperson said. "We have no evidence that any of this data has been made publicly available and we have taken additional steps to secure Lynda.com accounts."

LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in 2015 for $1.5 billion. LinkedIn was in turn acquired by Microsoft this month after meeting regulatory approval from the European Union for the all-cash transaction worth US$26.2 billion.

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