LinkedIn, one of the largest social business networks has confirmed that a hacker has stolen approximately 6.5 million passwords and posted them on the Internet.
A blog post by LinkedIn Director Vicente Silveira apologizes for the leak and states that they are continuing to investigate.
LinkedIn says that they have locked the accounts of the affected users and they will be sending an email explaining how to reset the account password. The emails will not contain any links, instead it will ask you to log in directly to the website to change your password, any emails received with links should be disposed of immediately. It has been recommended that all LinkedIn users change their password immediately.
This on-line business network contains confidential information for thousands of job hunters, recruiters and companies.
Many people use the same password for multiple accounts so there is the added concern that the stolen data could be used to access Amazon, PayPal, email or even bank accounts.
It is not known at this time who is responsible for the security breach.
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