Just days after the Facebook data leak was revealed, security experts have now discovered a huge pile of data containing the personal information of over 500 million LinkedIn users for sale on a popular hacking forum. The hackers who are selling the information have posted 2 million records as a sample to prove it is real. We have seen this information and I can confirm that it is real.
The data includes the following:
- User names
- Contact numbers
- Email addresses
- Social media information
- Employment information
At the moment it does not look like the leak contains credit card information etc but I will keep you posted if this changes.
If you have a Linkedin account please follow these steps:
- Change your password and make sure your new password is at least 10 characters long and contains an upper case, lower case, number and a symbol. You can even use a modified phrase or a line from a song if that helps you remember.
- Review the privacy settings on Linkedin and turn on 2 Factor Authentication
- Make sure you do not use the same password twice as this leaves you vulnerable to credential stuffing.
- Find a good password manager tool to help you remember all of your passwords. Some of our users say that 1Password is a good tool.
- Check out Incognito’s Email Hack Check tool. All you have to do is enter your email address and we will tell you instantly if it has been involved in one of the many data breaches that happen every day.
Let me know if you need any help.
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care