While people aren’t able to digest the gigantic Facebook data leak of 533 million users (inc. 6.1 million Indians), professional social networking platform of Microsoft, LinkedIn is now under radar of a massive data breach of 500 million users that is believed to be traded online.
An archive containing data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been listed online for sale on a hacker forum, and an additional 2 million records have been shown as a proof of by the people behind the hack .
Data disclosed for sale includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, gender, links to LinkedIn profiles, links to other social media profiles, professional titles and other work-related data.
“The 4 leaked files contain information about LinkedIn users whose data was retrieved by the hacker, including their full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, etc.,” reports CyberNews.
While hacker forum users can see the samples for around 2 USD (Around 150 INR) in forum credits, the threat actor appears to be auctioning off the much larger database of 500 million users for at least one sum of 4 digits, presumably in bitcoin, “the report mentioned.
LinkedIn said in a statement Thursday that it “investigated an alleged LinkedIn data set that was offered for sale and determined that it was in fact an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies.” .
“This includes publicly visible member profile data that appears to have been pulled from LinkedIn. This was not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private LinkedIn member account data was included in this. that we were able to review, ”the company said. .
“When someone tries to take member data and use it for purposes not accepted by LinkedIn and our members, we make an effort to stop them and hold them accountable.”
The author of the article claims, however, that the data was taken from LinkedIn.
Earlier this month, the personal data of nearly 533 million (53.3 crore) Facebook users, including 61 lakh Indians, was released online after a hacker posted the details to a forum.
The leaked data included Facebook ID numbers, profile names, , location information, gender details, employment data,email addresses and other details.
Facebook said it was old data it had previously reported on in 2019.
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