Recently over 500 million LinkedIn Users’ Data Leaked has been is up for sale on a hacker forum, with 2 million records leaked as a proof-of-concept sample.Data being sold including user IDs, names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, professional titles and links to other social media profiles
The report was published on Tuesday by cyber security news and research site CyberNews, which said that an archive was being auctioned off on the forum for a four-figure sum.
500 Million LinkedIn Users’ Data for Sale
LinkedIn said in a statement that while the scraped data set contains some “publicly viewable member profile data,” it is “actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies,” meaning that bad actors created the data set with information from multiple services.
It was also reported that the Data being sold in 4-digit minimum price.
The data includes:
- LinkedIn IDs
- Full names
- Email addresses
- Phone numbers
- Links to LinkedIn profiles
- Links to other social media profiles
- Professional titles and other work-related data
The company, owned by Microsoft, said it did not suffer a data breach involving hackers penetrating the company’s internal databases to siphon information.
“This is not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private member account data from LinkedIn was included in what we’ve been able to review,” the company said.
Instead, the bad actors scrapped data from LinkedIn’s public-facing service, similar to a recent cyber security incident at Facebook.
LinkedIn has yet to tell us if it will notify users whose data was in the dataset.
Since LinkedIn claims that all the leaked data is publicly viewable, now will be the perfect time to review your LinkedIn privacy settings.
You should also consider changing passwords for your LinkedIn and email accounts and set up two-factor authentication.
To check whether your information has been compromised, you can use the Cyber News “data leak checker” tool, which they recently updated to include some data culled from the leak.
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