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LinkedIn Confirms “Some” Passwords Were Compromised

by Todd Haselton | June 6, 2012

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LinkedIn has issued a statement confirming that “some” of its accounts were compromised on Wednesday. Reports earlier this morning suggested that 6,458,020 accounts were compromised — not exactly a figure that we’d label as “some.”

“We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords,” LinkedIn said in a blog post this afternoon. “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.” The company said it is “continuing to investigate this situation” and recommends that its users take the following steps into re-securing their accounts:

  1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
  2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
  3. 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.

The company said that it has already put enhanced security in place and that affected members and those whose passwords were not compromised will already benefit from the changes. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members,” the company said. “We take the security of our members very seriously.”

[via LinkedIn]


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...