Hacker Claims to Have Pilfered Over 6.5 Million LinkedIn Passwords
By Mordechai Osdoby. June 6, 2012, 1:27 PM CDT
Back before we even had the term social network, LinkedIn debuted with their online personal networking solution. Targeting people who wanted to build work connections, I distinctly recall signing up for it and thinking “and now what?” I still use my account, but only because the tool I use to update my Twitter and Facebook page posts there too. If you are a fellow LinkedIn user, you might want to take a minute and change your password. TheVerge reports that a Russian hacker has uploaded quite a few “hashed” passwords and has claimed to have over six million of them after exploiting a flaw with the online service.
LinkedIn has taken to Twitter to say they’re still investigating and cannot confirm, but Robert David Graham has also taken to Twitter to say he has proof that the password leak is real.
You can read how Graham discovers this hack exploit to discover people’s LinkedIn passwords on his blog.
Should you change your password though? This is absolutely a “better safe than sorry” moment and it would be a good idea to do so. I know I’m changing mine.
About Mordechai Osdoby
One of the co-founders of Techcitement, Mordechai is a man whose obsession with tech once led his wife to refer to a laptop as "the other woman".