Data from 500 million users of Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn has been leaked. This data is reportedly being sold online. The allegedly scrapped archive of data from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been put up for sale on a popular hacker forum. Not only this, the people involved behind the hack have also presented 20 lakh leaked records as a sample.
On this, LinkedIn said in a blog post that sales information is a collection of data of many websites and companies. The incident was not a data breach and no private member’s account details were included from the platform. According to LinkedIn, some LinkedIn data, including only public member profiles, have been scrapped for sale.
However, Company has refused to give more details on the incident, including the number of users affected.
These details of users leaked
Let us tell you that on 6 April, CyberNews had told that a collection of scrapped data from 500 million LinkedIn profiles was put up for sale on a popular hacker forum. The Cybernews report states, “4 leaked files have scraped their full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information and many other such information about LinkedIn users.” Leaked data for sale includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, gender, links to LinkedIn profiles, links to other social media profiles, professional posts, and other data related to their work.
This report states that “Hacker Forum users can view leaked samples with the help of a $ 2 forum credit, while the Threat Actor is likely to get more than 500 million users in Bitcoin for at least 4-digit amount.” Appears to be auctioning a database of. “
The company said this
The company stated, “Any misuse of our members’ data, such as scraping, violates the LinkedIn Terms of Service. When any member tries to take the data and use it for their own purposes, LinkedIn and our members do not agree, we work to prevent and hold them accountable. “
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