Latest Data Breach Exposes Millions of Users

LinkedIn, a U.S. business and employment-oriented online service, reportedly suffered a massive data breach according to LinkedIn and TrendMicro.

According to TrendMicro on July 1, 2021, LinkedIn reportedly suffered a data breach exposing the personal information of over 700 million or (92%) of its 756 million users.

The data has been put up for sale on a well-known forum popular with hackers. The user that made the post provided a sample containing the data of 1 million users to prove the legitimacy of the leak. Included are email addresses, full names, physical addresses, phone numbers, LinkedIn user names and profile URLs, information relating to users’ other social media accounts, and more.

Fortunately, no passwords were leaked.

The new leak comes barely two months after LinkedIn suffered a data breach exposing 500 million of its users.

LinkedIn released a statement stating:

Our teams have investigated a set of alleged LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale. We want to be clear that this is not a data breach and no private LinkedIn member data was exposed.

Our initial investigation has found that this data was scraped from LinkedIn and other various websites and includes the same data reported earlier this year in our April 2021 scraping update.

Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and any misuse of our members’ data, such as scraping, violates LinkedIn terms of service.

When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes LinkedIn and our members haven’t agreed to, we work to stop them and hold them accountable.

For additional information about our policies and how we protect member data from misuse: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/56347/prohibited-software-and-extensions

Leaked data used by cybercriminals can be found here.

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