Another information leak happened as personal information of about 500 million LinkedIn users has been found for sale on websites popular with hackers. LinkedIn is the world’s largest global business network. It is now under Microsoft Corporation.
According to CNN (4/9), “CyberNews,” a website dealing with cybersecurity-related news, first reported LinkedIn’s personal information leak on the 6th.
The personal information on sale includes user ID, real name, email address, phone number, gender, job, and other social media profile links. And the supposed hackers auctioned these information for thousands of dollars.
Microsoft’s social media site “MSFT” said on the same day, “Linked-in’s user information only includes information that users directly disclosed on their profiles.”
Just a few days ago, hacking on personal users info happened to in Facebook. The hackers publicly posted more than 500 million Facebook users’ phone numbers, birthdays, and e-mails on websites used by hackers. Such exposed personal information is less dangerous than credit card information,. But with leaked phone numbers, they can abuse it for criminal activities such as phone fraud.
LinkedIn has more than 675 million users. The 500 million-strong information leak is about three-quarters of all LinkedIn users.
Ironically this LinkedIn leak happen not long after the company gave all their employee a week off to avoid burnout.