BREAKING NEWS: Change Your LinkedIn Password NOW!

UPDATE: LinkedIn confirms security breach, lays out course of action.

LinkedIn password change dialogThe Verge reports that millions of LinkedIn passwords may have been leaked online:

A user in a Russian forum is claiming to have hacked LinkedIn to the tune of almost 6.5 million account details. The user uploaded 6,458,020 hashed passwords, but no usernames. It’s not clear if they managed to download the usernames, but it’s likely that both have been downloaded. There is a possibility that this could be a hoax, but several people have said on Twitter that they found their real LinkedIn passwords as hashes on the list. Many of the hashes include “linkedin,” which seems to add credence to the claims.

While it could be a hoax, the risk isn’t worth it. Just go change your password and be safe.
via CNET via Lani Rosales

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Scott Allen is a true social media pioneer, helping turn virtual relationships into real business since 2002. He is coauthor of The Virtual Handshake, the first book on using social media for business, and contributor to over a dozen books on social media, marketing & entrepreneurship. He is currently Director of Client Solutions for Momentum Factor, a social media and online marketing management firm specializing in the direct selling industry.


1 comment to BREAKING NEWS: Change Your LinkedIn Password NOW!

  • Don’t forget to also change your email associated with LinkedIn! I got my Yahoo email account hacked a couple of weeks ago, not sure how it happened, but it might’ve been something like this.

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