LinkedIn Pwned… Data Of 500 Million Online For Sale

Data from 500 million LinkedIn users has been scraped and is for sale online, according to a report from Cyber News. A LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed to Insider that there is a dataset of public information that was scraped from the platform. 

“While we’re still investigating this issue, the posted dataset appears to include publicly viewable information that was scraped from LinkedIn combined with data aggregated from other websites or companies,” a LinkedIn spokesperson told Insider in a statement. “Scraping our members’ data from LinkedIn violates our terms of service and we are constantly working to protect our members and their data.” LinkedIn has 740 million users, according to its website, so the reported data scraping of 500 million users means about two-thirds of the platform’s user base could be affected. The data includes account IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, genders, and links to other social media accounts.

This is bad. As bad as Facebook’s recent issues. And I prescribe a similar solution for this. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft and Microsoft has a market cap of over $1.83 trillion. So I suggest a fine of $80 per account. For the roughly half billion accounts exposed, that would come to $40 billion. That would really get their attention and you would bet your last dollar that LinkedIn would never, ever be this negligent again.

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