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Millions of LinkedIn Passwords Reportedly Hacked and Leaked Online; Change Your Password edit
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 09:50

Tags: security | Social Media

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 encrypted passwords, but no usernames. It's not clear if they managed to download the usernames, but tech site that broke the story says it is likely that user names as well as passwords have been breached.

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"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," according to a report on The Verge.

 

The Verge posted its story earlier this morning and by 11 a.m. ET, it was written about on 60 other websites, incuding BBC news.

 

So, if it is a hoax, it worked.

 

You may want to take two or three minutes to change your LinkedIn password. The screen shots below show you how.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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