Earlier this week, we reported that the passwords and personal data of LinkedIn users were being leaked by LinkedIn iOS app.
Now the Professional social network giant has acknowledged that it is looking into a massive data breach. As a result of this breach as many as 6.5 million user accounts may have been compromised. Account data including login information and passwords have been leaked and posted to a Russian hacker website. Although LinkedIn has not confirmed the breach or detailed which accounts might have been impacted, the fact that the company is acknowledging the potential threat and investigating it is a big cause for concern.
If you use LinkedIn, you should consider that your account data has been compromised and change your password immediately.
A breach of this type and magnitude would obviously be a big deal for any social networking website or web-based service. Today LinkedIn has become a crucial business tool for professionals in every industry. It is relied by job hunters, recruiters, and hiring managers which means that the potential fallout from such a breach could cause and extreme damage to the reputation and career prospects of every user whose account was compromised.
The potential damage to a person’s livelihood actually puts this breach close to, if not on par with, identity theft. This breach could easily lead to identity hijacking if not outright identity theft.
Given the enormous scope of this breach, it is also probably a good idea to change your passwords to other social networks and online services. If possible, you should unlink other services from your LinkedIn profile for time being to limit the possibility of malicious user to access spreading to personal information beyond LinkedIn.
News of the breach came just one day after the New York Times exposed the lack of security built into LinkedIn’s new iPhone and iPad app.
Source: Cult Of Mac