With the seemingly constant stream of news stories about cyber attacks, it is easy to lose track of the outcomes of each event over the years. This is probably the reason you don’t remember LinkedIn being a possible victim of a security breach four years ago. We sure forgot all about it! In 2012, LinkedIn was hacked and the website reported it had reset the compromised accounts and the incident was quickly forgotten about. Fast forward to 2016 and it is becoming apparent that the security breach was a much bigger deal than originally thought.
It was recently discovered that 117 million LinkedIn accounts from the hack were up for sale on a dark web market.
When the breach first happened, LinkedIn reported that 6.5 million usernames and passwords had been leaked. However, it was recently discovered that 117 million LinkedIn accounts from the hack were up for sale on a dark web market known as TheRealDeal. LinkedIn will repeat the same resetting measures taken four years ago. A LinkedIn spokesperson told the BBC, “We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords.”
In light of this recent development, LinkedIn is advising members to visit the site’s safety center to ensure that they have two-step verification authentications and are using strong passwords to help keep their accounts secure.
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