6.5 Million Passwords Stolen on LinkedIn
June 7, 2012 2 Comments
Social network website LinkedIn is undergoing investigations that more than 6 million passwords were stolen and uploaded to a Russian language web forum. Reports of the hacking first appeared on Russian language websites and were confirmed by security firms. One user in Russian language forum posted the passwords.
Is the internet safe anymore? Or was it ever safe to begin with?
Computer Experts say that you should constantly sign out of your accounts after shutting down your computers.
An account LinkedIn owns on twitter announced that this morning the company continues to investigate. There is still no classification whether or not there was a security breach.
Graham Cluley, a security expert working at the British firm said in a blog “although the passwords are not correlated to user names, it is reasonable to assume that such information may be in the hands of criminals”. He stated that the security firm had confirmed that the file uploaded to the Russian forum did contain the LinkedIn passwords, despite the company’s hesitation to confirm it.
LinkedIn urges those who fear their passwords may have been stolen to change their passwords on the website by clicking on their names in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. Then click on settings and choose change password.
Keep your passwords safe and try to change them yearly, so you won’t be a victim of a hacker.
Via Contributor – Anthony Rizzo