The data breach was posted on an online forum that is quite popular with cybercriminals. The post quoted “four-digit $$$$ minimum price” to gain access to the entire database that was stolen.
The hacker included a sample of over two million records to prove authenticity of the information posted. The forum users can view these records by spending $2 from the forum-specific credits.
It was confirmed that the records that were posted as sample were legitimate but it wasn’t clear whether the hackers were selling updated information or was it taken from some earlier breaches faced by LinkedIn or other companies.
The leaked records included a range of professional information such as gender, professional titles, full names, phone numbers and other work-related information. However, the records don’t contain any financial details such as credit card numbers or information about legal documents. This does not mean that the leak was in any way less dangerous.
Modern hackers can compile data from
earlier data breaches and can successfully create profiles of individuals. This data can be used for phishing attacks or can even be used for identity theft.
LinkedIn has revealed that it has over 740 million users and if the hacker is really having access to over 500 million user data then anyone could be impacted. Some ways to protect your account from hackers is listed below:
- Change LinkedIn account password on a regular basis
- Change the password for the email linked to your LinkedIn account
- Create a strong password that’s not easy to guess
- Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on LinkedIn accounts
- Don’t trust unknown links and people on public platforms
- Learn to identify phishing emails and text messages
- Never open links to any webpage from an email
- Install good anti-phishing and anti-malware software