A few days ago, Facebook committed a huge breach of data that affected 533 million users’ personal data. While the world still fought over the violation of Facebook data, Linkedin jostled the world with news of another massive leak of data involving the job-hunting website. More than 500 million LinkedIn user data have been compromised in a massive data leak, according to reports.
Data Leaked on LinkedIn:
According to CyberNews, Linkedin was a victim of a major data breach that revealed the personal information of 500 million users on the dark web. The LinkedIn ID, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, links to LinkedIn accounts, links to other social media profiles, professional titles, and other work-related data were all leaked, according to the study. The study goes on to say that it’s unclear if the threat actor is selling the modified Linkedin profiles or whether the data was gathered from Linkedin’s previous breach.
Company’s Address on the issue:
Linkedin acknowledged the data breach, stating that the breach contains publicly viewable profile data scraped from the site.
“Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and we take action to protect that trust. We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies. It does include publicly viewable member profile data that appears to have been scraped from LinkedIn. This was not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private member account data from LinkedIn was included in what we’ve been able to review. Any misuse of our members’ data, such as scraping, violates LinkedIn terms of service. When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes LinkedIn and our members haven’t agreed to, we work to stop them and hold them accountable,”
LinkedIn on their statement.
The Italian data protection watchdog has begun an investigation into the Linkedin data breach, which exposed the personal data of millions of users. The authorities have launched an investigation into “the distribution of user data, including IDs, full names, email addresses, and telephone numbers,” according to Bloomberg.
Cybercriminals will use the leaked data to conduct targeted phishing attacks, spam 500 million emails and phone numbers, and brute-force the passwords of Linkedin accounts and email addresses, according to CyberNews. To protect yourself from potential attacks, update your LinkedIn account password as well as the email address associated with it, and allow two-factor authentication on all of your official accounts.