Data of 500 Mn LinkedIn users hacked, up for sale

LinkedIn faced a massive breach wherein details of over 500 Mn users have been scraped from the platform and posted online for sale on a popular hacker forum. The dataset includes sensitive information like email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, full names, account IDs, links to their social media accounts, and gender details.

LinkedIn has over 740 Mn users, the company mentions this on its website, which means that data of over two-third of its subscribers has been compromised and being sold online.

In an official statement, a LinkedIn spokesperson told the publication, “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”.

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