Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LinkedIn Warns Users To Reset Passwords As 117M Logins For Sale On Dark Web

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LinkedIn LNKD -0.41% has confirmed a significant breach from 2012 was worse than first thought, with the number of leaked usernames and passwords rising from 6.5 million to a purported 117 million.
Earlier this week, fresh LinkedIn credentials went on sale on a dark web market known as The Real Deal. The same dealer, who goes by the name Peace, recently flogged millions of details on users of the Naughty America porn website at just $300. He is now offering 117 million LinkedIn usernames and passwords for a considerably higher price: 5 Bitcoin, worth approximately $2,200.
A LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed the company was looking into the matter and was in the process of resetting passwords of affected users: “Yesterday, we became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012,” they said.

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