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LinkedIn Has Passwords Hacked

Linkedin has been hacked and passswords compromised.

June 7, 2012– On Wednesday afternoon, LinkedIn confirmed through its blog that passwords of its users had been hacked. However, the site did not address as to whether the passwords equaled the 6.5 million that had been reported earlier the same day. LinkedIn and experts in internet security advised all users of the site to change their passwords right away.

One director of LinkedIn wrote that the site was continuing to look into the situation. He said that members who have accounts that are associated with the passwords that were compromised would not be able to log in any longer with their password. Those same members will receive a LinkedIn email with details on what they need to do to have their passwords reset.

He informed members that no links will be in the email and for reasons of security, members should never change passwords on any site by clinking on a link in an email.

Earlier on Wednesday, the security firm Sophos reported files had been posted on a hacker site in Russia that contained passwords from LinkedIn. The security firm said that over 6.5 million passwords had been stolen and hackers were trying to crack them.

News that passwords had been leaked came only 24 hours after mobile security personnel revealed that the mobile app for LinkedIn could access subscriber notes for meetings.

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