A Russian forum is claiming to have been able to hack into LinkedIn and acquired over 6 million passwords to LinkedIn accounts. The passwords are still encrypted and they say there are no usernames, but most probably usernames were downloaded too.
Obviously this could all be a lie and could be completely made up but various people are saying they’ve found their passwords in the file.
It may take a while for hackers to actually get into accounts but if you have a LinkedIn account I highly recommend you change your password just incase.
Looks like the hack was for real and LinkedIN issued the following statement.
We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:
1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously.