NEW YORK: Hit by a massive data breach that put nearly 167 million users'
passwords and personal information in the hands of hackers four years
back, the popular career-oriented platform LinkedIn has finally came out
with an explanation and steps it has taken to protect users.
an email sent out to all its members, LinkedIn admitted that the massive
data breach in 2012 may result in millions of passwords being leaked to
LinkedIn currently has 400 million users.
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May 17, 2016, we became aware that data stolen from LinkedIn in 2012
was being made available online. This was not a new security breach or
hack. We took immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of all
LinkedIn accounts that we believed might be at risk,” LinkedIn said.
“These were accounts created prior to the 2012 breach that had not reset their passwords since that breach,” the email read.
data breach involved member email addresses, hashed passwords, and
LinkedIn member IDs (an internal identifier LinkedIn assigns to each
member profile) from 2012.
“We invalidated passwords of all
LinkedIn accounts created prior to the 2012 breach that had not reset
their passwords since that breach,” the company informed its users.
addition, we are using automated tools to attempt to identify and block
any suspicious activity that might occur on LinkedIn accounts. We are
also actively engaging with law enforcement authorities,” the company
According to the business-oriented social networking
service, it has several dedicated teams working diligently to ensure
that the information members entrust to LinkedIn remains secure.
we do all we can, we always suggest that our members visit our Safety
Center to learn about enabling two-step verification and implementing
strong passwords in order to keep their accounts as safe as possible,”
it requested all the members.
“We recommend that you regularly
change your LinkedIn password and if you use the same or similar
passwords on other online services, we recommend you set new passwords
on those accounts as well,” it added.