LinkedIn Hacked and 6.5 Million Passwords Stolen
Throughout the day there were rumors about LinkedIn being hacked when a Russian forum user uploaded almost 6.5 million passwords online. LinkedIn recently confirmed the compromised passwords and are working on correcting the issue with users.
Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in this email. Once you follow this step and request password assistance, then you will receive an email from LinkedIn with a password reset link.
These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
They've also published a blog post with recommendations for changing passwords and account security and privacy best practices. Are you a LinkedIn user? If so, it's best to check your email to see if you are one of those affected by the hack. If you aren't, it's a good idea to check your account and secure it with a stronger password. This is also a good time to check and secure your other accounts online.
UPDATE, Jun 7 1:23PM: The Linkedin hacker has also leaked over 6.5 million passwords connected to the popular dating website, eHarmony. According to Ars Technica the hacker, whose identity is unknown, posted the lists online and asked for help in cracking them.