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117 million LinkedIn passwords sold by hackers

2016-05-19 03:12 by


Four years after the security breach in 2012, LinkedIn still has problems with leaked data. Now, a hacker has reportedly offered more than 100 million LinkedIn logins for sale. Those credentials were obtained during the breach in 2012.

The company has announced that it's working to validate the accounts and contact affected users so they can reset their passwords on the site.

"In 2012, LinkedIn was the victim of an unauthorized access and disclosure of some members' passwords," said Cory Scott, chief information officer at LinkedIn, in a statement. "At the time, our immediate response included a mandatory password reset for all accounts we believed were compromised as a result of the unauthorized disclosure. Additionally, we advised all members of LinkedIn to change their passwords as a matter of best practice."

"Yesterday, we became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012. 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 as a result of a new security breach."

After the aforementioned hack, LinkedIn implemented tighter security measures, such as stronger encryption, email challenges and two-factor authentication.

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