Reports that a hacker may have made off with 6.5 million passwords on LinkedIn are surfacing this morning. The story originated from a Russian forum, to which a user posted some encrypted passwords as part of a claim to have hacked into the site.
A security breach hasn't been confirmed by LinkedIn yet, but sources such as Business Insider are suggesting that you change your password.
LinkedIn has notified users via Twitter that they are checking on the claim.
Our team continues to investigate, but at this time, we're still unable to confirm that any security breach has occurred. Stay tuned here.
Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords. Stay tuned for more.
After several hours of being unable to either confirm or deny that a breach occurred, LinkedIn posted this tweet with instructions on how to create a secure password.
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It never hurts to change your passwords, even if the story turns out to be a false alarm. Take a minute and change your password. We'll follow this story as it develops.
1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
New Update: Late in the day yesterday we learned that the LinkedIn hacker also got into eHarmony. If you are a member there, you should change that password as well.
If you changed your LinkedIn password early in the day yesterday when the news first broke, as I did, an article in Business Tech suggests that you may want to change it again since it took LinkedIn several hours to figure out what was happening and put a stop to it.
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