Data Stolen from 500 Million LinkedIn Users Leaked Online

Data Stolen from 500 Million LinkedIn Users Leaked Online

Just days after a Facebook data leak was revealed, security experts have discovered another one, this time the victim being LinkedIn as a huge pile of data containing the personal information of 500 million LinkedIn users has been found on sale on a popular hacking forum.

To prove the legitimacy of the data leak, the poster has included nearly 2 million records as a sample, which forum members can view for $2 worth of forum credits. The leaked data includes user names, contact numbers, email addresses, links to other social media profiles, and users’ workplace details. While, the data does not contain credit card information, legal documents, or other financial information that could be used for scams.

However, security researchers warned that lack of financial information does not mean that it is not dangerous. Hackers could misuse the data to create detailed profiles of their potential victims and then conduct targeted phishing or social engineering attacks. They could also use the information to spam emails and contact numbers, or brute-force the passwords of LinkedIn profiles and linked email addresses. 

The threat actor has demanded a minimum of ‘four-digit sum in turn for access to the entire 500 million-user databases. Cybernews confirmed that the data in the sample was scraped from LinkedIn, although it remains unclear if the leaked files contain the latest information, or if it was taken from the previous data breach.

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