Article: Hackers Selling 117 Million LinkedIn Passwords

LinkedIn was hacked four years ago, and what initially seemed to be a theft of 6.5 million passwords has actually turned out to be a breach of 117 million passwords.

On Wednesday, the professional social network company acknowledged that a massive batch of login credentials is being sold on the black market by hackers.

The advice for everyone who uses LinkedIn (LNKD, Tech30) at this point is: Change your password and add something called two-factor authentication, which requires a text message every time you sign in from a new computer.
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LinkedIn said it’s reaching out to individual members affected by the breach. This particular hack affects a quarter of the company’s 433 million members.

Hackers are selling the stolen LinkedIn database on a black market online called “The Real Deal,” according to tech news site Motherboard.

For its part, LinkedIn offered the same, go-to statement used by every company after a data breach.

“We take the safety and security of our members’ accounts seriously,” wrote Cory Scott, the company’s chief information security officer.

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/19/technology/linkedin-hack/

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