LinkedIn investigates hacking claims


LinkedIn has launched an investigation into reports that its password database has been compromised with more than 6 million users' details posted online.

The business social network is examining claims by security analysts that millions of encrypted passwords have been published on a Russian hackers' website.

Graham Cluley, the cyberthreats expert, said the passwords were now likely to be in the hands of criminals. He advised the website's 160m worldwide users to immediately change their login details.

The security scare will cause fresh embarassment for LinkedIn, which is also facing privacy concerns about its mobile calendar application.

LinkedIn had not returned requests for comment at the time of publication, but said in a message on Twitter: "Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords. Stay tuned for more."

Per Thorsheim, the security researcher who first raised the alarm about the apparent leak, said on Wednesday that the 6.5m encrypted passwords "will probably be a lot more users" because some will have the same login details.

Cluley, an analyst at Naked Security, said in a blogpost that users' emails addresses had not been published on the Russian hackers' website.

But he added: "It is reasonable to assume that such information may be in the hands of the criminals. As such, it would seem sensible to suggest to LinkedIn users that they change their passwords as soon as possible as a precautionary step. Of course, make sure that the password you use is unique (in other words, not used on any other websites), and hard to crack."

Article courtesy of The Guardian

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