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LinkedIn Passwords Stolen, Reports Say

By June 6, 2012March 6th, 2023Cybersecurity

LinkedIn has had a slew of security problems in the past few months, and yet another has just affected millions of users. A Russian forum user has claimed to have stolen and uploaded 6.5 million passwords from the site, and Twitter has reported that they found their own hashed LinkedIn passwords on the list posted in the Russian forum.

LinkedIn tweeted last yesterday afternoon that they were on top of the situation and were looking for security breaches.

Many of the passwords posted in the forum are variations on the word “password” and “linkedin,” which seems to indicate that the entire list may not be accurate. LinkedIn uses one of the most secure algorithms currently known when it comes to password encryption. Still, short and simple passwords may be vulnerable, while more secure passwords will take longer to decode.

Graham Cluely, security expect at Sophos security, is advising all LinkedIn users to change their passwords immediately. Even if there was no breach and the list posted was fake, it’s better safe than sorry. If the report is true, it’s likely that a team of hackers is working tirelessly to decrypt the unsalted passwords.

To change your LinkedIn password, log in and click on your name in the upper right hand corner of the page. Click “Settings,” and click on the “Change” link next to the word “password”. Cluely recommends you choose a more secure and complicated password.

As of this morning, LinkedIn hasn’t found any security breaches, but they are still working hard to find out where the list came from.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.