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LinkedIn Confirms Password Hack

2012-06-07 08:31 by
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LinkedIn confirmed yesterday that hackers gained access to some of the enterprise social network's passwords. LinkedIn has a lot of information on its more than 160 million members, including potentially confidential information related to jobs being sought. Companies, recruiting services and others have accounts alongside individuals who post resumes and other professional information.

"We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts," LinkedIn director Vincente Silveira wrote in a blog post. "We are continuing to investigate this situation."

Marcus Carey, security researcher at Boston-based Rapid7, said he believed the attackers had been inside LinkedIn's network for at least several days, based on an analysis of the type of information stolen and quantity of data posted on forums.

"While LinkedIn is investigating the breach, the attackers may still have access to the system," Carey warned. "If the attackers are still entrenched in the network, then users who have already changed their passwords may have to do so a second time."

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To check whether your password was included in the LinkedIn hack, you will need to first create a SHA-1 hash of your password (you can even use an online tool from a site you trust not to snoop on your information, just google SHA-1 conversion, or use our own hash generator). Once you have the SHA-1 hash, download the passwords file from MediaFire and simply search the text document for your password in its SHA-1 hashed format.

 

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