LinkedIn is a professional social networking website.
Do you have a LinkedIn account? If you do, change your account password ASAP!
Some POS Russian hacker group hacked into LinkedIn and obtained–and may have already decrypted–at least 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords.
Matthew J. Schwartz reports for InformationWeek, June 6, 2012, that nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn password hashes–encrypted using SHA1, but not salted–had been posted to a Russian hacking forum on Monday, together with a request to help decrypt them.
LinkedIn confirmed that it’s investigating the potential password breach. “Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords. Stay tuned for more,” read a Wednesday tweet from LinkedIn News.
What should LinkedIn users do? Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, has the following advice:
1. Change your LinkedIn password — now!
2. Then prepare for scam emails about Linkedin password changes, linking to phishing sites.
Read the rest of this Information Week article here.