After Facebook, LinkedIn confirms Data Breach of 500 million subscribers, sensitive details being sold online

After Facebook, LinkedIn confirms Data Breach of 500 million subscribers, sensitive details being sold online

The job-hunting site LinkedIn has confirmed that data of over 500 million of its users has been scraped from the platform and posted online for sale.  This comes just days after the massive leak of data from over 500 million Facebook users was leaked.

LinkedIn account data, consisting of personal details of its users, has been found online for sale. The 500 million user dataset include email addresses, phone numbers, links to other social media profiles, workplace information, full names, account IDs, gender details and professional details.

The breached data is allegedly being sold by an unknown user on a hacker forum. The user has published data of over two million users as sample proof. The yet to be identified hacker asks for a four digit number amount (in USD) in exchange for the breached data.

LinkedIn is one of the most popular job hunting sites and currently it has over 740 million users. This means that data of more than two-third of its subscribers has been compromised.

The massive data breach was first confirmed by CyberNews and LinkedIn later confirmed the breach to Business Insider.

A LinkedIn spokesperson revealed in an official statement, “While we’re still investigating this issue, the posted dataset appears to include publicly viewable information that was scraped from LinkedIn combined with data aggregated from other websites or companies. Scraping our members’ data from LinkedIn violates our terms of service and we are constantly working to protect our members and their data”.

According to Security analyst Paul Prudhomme that if the dataset is exposed to bad actors it could lead to attack on many companies through their employees.  

Paul said that these attacks are more likely to succeed due to the rise of remote work and use of personal devices for office work.

Few days back, Facebook data breach made headlines after it was revealed that personal data of 533 million Facebook users was leaked on a hacking forum. The huge dataset includes users from 106 countries. 6 million users are from India.

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