Information from around 500 million LinkedIn users is posted for sale on a hacker’s website. This data for sale was first stated last Tuesday through the CyberNews website, the cybersecurity news and research site.
Just a few days after the tremendous data leakage that happened on Facebook. Another 500 million similar kinds occurred with LinkedIn this time. 500 million leaked data from LinkedIn are allegedly for sale is a known hacker site, reported Clare Duffy of CNN.
500 million leaked data from LinkedIn this time
Reportedly the news announced that a long list of information was posted for sale on the forum for a four-figure amount. The information includes user IDs, names, contact numbers, email addresses, genders, professions, and links to another social media platform.
From the statement of LinkedIn, the for-sale database is apparently a combination of data from several websites and companies. It argues that the data leaked from the LinkedIn users were only information listed publicly in the user’s profile. Microsoft-owned LinkedIn is a professional social media site.
Statement from LinkedIn on the issue
The company further reasoned out that this should not be called a LinkedIn data breach. All data included in the lists were all publicly listed from LinkedIn and no private member account data was included. If users opt to publicly list their profile, it can be accessed by just anyone.
The news broke out just a few days after a similar incident of the tremendous data leakage from more than 500 million Facebook users in 2019. The leaked data includes contact numbers, birthdates, email addresses, and other personal information. This information was publicly posted on a website known to be used by hackers. Although the leaked data were not as sensitive as the bank or credit card details or social security numbers. Yet some information like contact numbers and email addresses can be exploited by the perpetrators.
According to its official website, LinkedIn has a total of more than 675 million users. This means that almost ¾ of its total users have been included in the leaked data. Supposedly, social media companies have security measures in place to prevent the scraping of information.
LinkedIn assured the public that they will do what’s necessary
The terms and condition page details of LinkedIn have a section on “technical measures and defenses” against such misuse. It states that scrapping of data that misuses the users’ information, is a violation of the terms of service conditions. Third-party software, bots, browser extensions, or plug-ins are prohibited to scrape data from its site. But it seems that it can not be expected to always work.
In a statement, LinkedIn says that they will try to stop and hold accountable any violators to the conditions. Anyone who tries using member’s data without proper permission will be dealt with accordingly.
When asked for comments whether the company will alert victimized users. Whose data have been scraped and posted in the known hacker’s website that allegedly sells data. LinkedIn did not give any definitive response.