LinkedIn is the latest victim of a large-scale data breach. The data of more than 500 million users on its platform have been deleted and posted online for sale. The data set includes sensitive information such as email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, full names, account IDs, links to their social media accounts, and gender details. According to reports, an unknown user sold the leaked data on a hacker forum, which has dumped the data of more than 2 million users as proof of samples. The hacker asked for a four-digit amount (in U.S. dollars) in exchange for the corrupted data, possibly in the form of Bitcoin. Just a few days ago, a large number of crawl data leaks from more than 500 million Facebook users were also leaked.
LinkedIn has more than 740 million users, and the company mentions this on its website, which means that more than two-thirds of subscriber data has been leaked and sold online. The news was first reported by CyberNews, and LinkedIn subsequently confirmed the violation to Business Insider.
A LinkedIn spokesperson told the publication in an official statement: “Although we are still investigating this issue, the published data set appears to contain publicly viewable information crawled from LinkedIn and aggregated data from other websites or companies. From LinkedIn Deleting our member data violates our terms of service, and we have been working hard to protect our members and their data.” The data includes sensitive information such as phone numbers, email IDs, workplace information, and even their social media accounts. link.
Security analyst Paul Prudhomme told Insider that if the data set was exposed to bad actors, it could lead to attacks on many companies through its employees. He said that due to the rise of remote work and the use of personal devices for office work, these attacks are more likely to succeed.
A few days ago, the personal data of 533 million Facebook users was recently leaked on a hacker forum. The large data set includes users from 106 countries/regions, including 32 million records from US users and 6 million records from Indian users. According to reports, their email address, phone number, Facebook ID, location, birthday and personal information have been leaked. A Facebook spokesperson said that the data set was compromised due to a vulnerability patched two years ago.
How to protect yourself from data leakage?
As a user, you rely on the security provided by the services you use. It is important to check the security, security, and privacy settings of the application you are using, and make sure that these settings are set correctly.
In addition, if your email address is part of a data breach, please share only necessary information with digital services and subscribe to sites such as “I am Owned” for notification.
In addition to being cautious when sharing any personal data online, you also often change your account password across platforms. This doesn’t help in situations like Facebook and LinkedIn leaks, but it’s usually a good suggestion.
Ideally, the password should be safe, and you can save it in a secure password manager for auto-filling. Also enable two-factor authentication (2FA) where available, and do not accept connections from strangers, especially connections on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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