In 2012, LinkedIn was attacked by hackers which resulted in a breach of about 6.5 million user details. It was discovered that these 6.5 million hacked profile information was left on Russian password forum to see.
In the mid-may 2016, a turn into the story came. When a hacker named Peace was trying to sell the information of 117 million accounts. This account information was from the LinkedIn breach that took place in the year 2012.
According to ‘Motherboard’, Peace is selling the data hacked from LinkedIn breach on the illegal marketplace available on the dark web named The Real Deal for 5 Bitcoin (around $2,200). The hack data search engine LeakedSource also claimed to have obtained the data from the hacker. Peace and LeakedSource chairperson are claiming that there are 167 million accounts in the database they have hacked in 2012. Out of those 167 million accounts, around 117 Million accounts have both email ID’s and passwords which are encrypted.
Samples of the leaked account details from the database of LinkedIn breach was shared to the motherboard by LeakedSource
After this incident, an official statement from LinkedIn came up saying 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 more than 100 million LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012. We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords. We have no indication that this is as a result of a new security breach.
LinkedIn also instructed their users to change their passwords for safety.
What You Need To DO?
- Enable 2-step verification
Enabling this will help you provide extra protection to your account. You would be informed on your mobile phone when a login takes place and you have to enter the password from your mobile phone.
- Change your password
Changing your password is must. Here are some of the steps to change your password-
Log into your LinkedIn Account
Click on the right corner drop down list
Click on Privacy Setting and open Manage
Under the Account section click on Basic and choose Change Password.
- Use a strong password
Strong passwords helps you to protect your account as strong password is not easier to guess and hack. You can make a strong password by using a combination of special characters, alphabets and numbers.
These are some of the steps you must take to prevent hacking of your LinkedIn account. Moreover, keep on changing your account password on the periodic basis to keep your account safe from hackers.
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