Published on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Millions of LinkedIn passwords leaked by hackers

Nearly 6.5 million passwords belonging to users of the professional social networking site LinkedIn have been leaked online.

Users are being urged to change their login details over fears that the leak would compromise vast amounts of personal data, including contact information.

Experts have also advised users to change their login details elsewhere if they use the same password.

The information was reportedly posted as encrypted on a Russian hackers' website and 300,000 are said to have been decrypted, with work ongoing.

LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira said: "We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.

"Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords.

"These affected members will receive a second email from our customer support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords."

LinkedIn has more than 160 million users in 200 countries and nine million in the UK, including many in the travel industry.

It has already faced criticism after it was revealed that its mobile app was sending information from users' phones back to the company in plain text.

* TravelMole Asia Pacific can confirm the when it opened an authentic-looking message from Linkedin today, it connected to a website selling Viagra.

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  • "Authentic-Looking Email"

    Hi, I don't like the fact that Linkedin got hacked anymore than anyone else, but you say at the end of the article "* TravelMole Asia Pacific can confirm the when it opened an authentic-looking message from Linkedin today, it connected to a website selling Viagra." As if it reflects negatively on Linkedin in some way, when that is not the case, it reflects negatively on whoever clicked the link in the email, and they should do a thorough virus and spyware scan before logging back into any site they care about. Those who send out "authentic looking" emails are criminals and they are getting better at making their emails look authentic, even though they have nothing to do with the site they are purporting to be from. I get dozens of "authentic looking" emails claiming to be from banks including some claiming to be from my bank as I am sure everyone does, it is up to us to check the location of any emailed link to ensure we are not being phished into visiting a spoof site that will steal our logins.

    By L Bailey, Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Can I a positive spin on this?

    I just hope they can tell me mine as I am rubbish at remembering passwords - sorry, very flippant I know but one has to remember so many passwords nowadays....bad enough remembering the children's names let alone a 71 digit password!

    By William Thompson, Thursday, June 7, 2012

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