6.5 million LinkedIn Passwords hacked

A Russian forum user yesterday claimed to have hacked LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a social network for professionals, boasting over 3 million Australian members. According to Alexa rankings it is the 12th most active website in the world.

A Russian forum user yesterday claimed to have hacked LinkedIn and uploaded a list of 6,458,020 encrypted passwords as proof. LinkedIn this morning confirmed that the passwords correspond with accounts on their network. These accounts have had their passwords reset and an email sent to the user asking them to create a new password.

Mashable website has reported that the password storage system used by LinkedIn makes it much easier for a hacker to crack the encryption on the passwords through relatively cheap means and in a reasonably short amount of time.

More information
Read why Drew thinks any LinkedIn user should be seriously concerned
Read more from Mashable
Read the confirmation statement from LinkedIn





    COMMENTS

    To make a comment, please register or login
    Peaceful
    14th Jun 2012
    11:02am
    I'm on Linked In and have yet to receive an email from them about this. I changed my password, anyway, after reading the article here. Thank you!
    Drew
    14th Jun 2012
    11:09am
    Hi Peaceful,

    I believe they sent an email to every member affected but it is certainly in your best interests to change it.

    Kind Regards,
    Drew


    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles