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Data from 500 million LinkedIn accounts leaked online

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Apr 2021, 10:53am

Data from 500 million LinkedIn accounts leaked online

LinkedIn shared that it is not a data breach. <br>Image source: LinkedIn

Days after data of more than 530 million Facebook users were posted online, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn also suffered a similar fate. 

CyberNews claims that an archive of data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles is put on sale on a popular hacker forum. Two million records were leaked as a proof-of-concept sample which include full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders and workplace information. 

The 500-million user database is reportedly auctioning for at least a 4-digit sum while the two million records can be viewed for about US$2 worth of forum credits.

LinkedIn has issued an official statement on the matter and stated that it is not a data breach. The company says the data leak is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies. No private member data from LinkedIn has been found in the leaked records.

Facebook recently clarified that the data leak of 533 million users was not due to a hacking of its system. Malicious actors obtained the data by scraping from the platform in 2019.

Source: LinkedIn, CyberNews via The Verge

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