LinkedIn Confirms Password Hack2012-06-07 08:31 by Daniela
Tags: LinkedIn, hackers
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.
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.
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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.