LinkedIn hacked, 117 million passwords leaked
On June 4, 2012 hackers stole the passwords to 6.5 million LinkedIn accounts.Now, they're back and the hackers have published another 117 million passwords online.
"Yesterday, we became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hacked password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012," LinkedIn said in a blog post on Wednesday.
LinkedIn is working to invalidate the passwords of all compromised accounts and will contact anyone who was affected.
So far, LinkedIn said it has no reason to believe this wave of passwords is from a new security breach.
"We have demanded that parties cease making stolen password data available and will evaluate potential legal action if they fail to comply," LinkedIn stated. "In the meantime, we are using automated tools to attempt to identify and block any suspicious activity that might occur on affected accounts."
According to Statista, LinkedIn currently has 433 million members, making the hack of 6.5 million accounts affect less than 2 percent of total users.
LinkedIn has some tips for people who believe their account has been hacked:
- Change your password regularly.
- Turn on two-step verification.
- Review your active sessions and make sure to log out of any sessions or devices you don't remember.
- Review all email addresses and phone numbers to make sure all contact information is up to date and that none of the emails have been compromised.
Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at AlissaS@centralfloridafuture.com.