LinkedIn Suffers ANOTHER Massive Data Breach… Pretty Much All Their Users Are Affected [UPDATED]

I have some very bad news if you’re a LinkedIn user. Which is pretty much everyone. A data breach involving 700 million users, which is more than 92% of the total 756 million users has occurred. The database is for sale on the dark web, with records including phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation data, and inferred salaries. No passwords are included, but this is still valuable data that can be used for identity theft and convincing-looking phishing attempts that can themselves be used to obtain login credentials for LinkedIn and other sites.


The way the hacker got in is similar to a breach back in April that had the data of 500 million users stolen. Clearly LinkedIn doesn’t learn from its mistakes. Thus I would urge the relevant authorities to take a look at these incidents and punish LinkedIn (and their owners Microsoft) severely as this is not acceptable. In the meantime, LinkedIn users should be on the lookout for attacks and identity theft attempts, because you know that they are inbound.

UPDATE: Privacy Shark has additional details on this along with a statement from LinkedIn:

We reached out to LinkedIn for verification and received this official statement from Leonna Spilman:

“While we’re still investigating this issue, our initial analysis indicates that the dataset includes information scraped from LinkedIn as well as information obtained from other sources. This was not a LinkedIn data breach and our investigation has determined that no private LinkedIn member data was exposed. Scraping data from LinkedIn is a violation of our Terms of Service and we are constantly working to ensure our members’ privacy is protected.”


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