LinkedIn breach exposes data of 700 million users

LinkedIn breach exposes data of 700 million users


01 July 2021

According to RestoreSecurity, LinkedIn has experienced the second massive data breach this year that has now reportedly exposed the data of around 700 million of its users. LinkedIn has a total of 756 million users, which means that the data of more than 92 percent of its users has been compromised in this new breach.

RestorePrivacy reports that the hacker is trying to sell a database of 700 million LinkedIn accounts to a dark web forum. The hacker published a free sample of one million data in order to attract potential buyers. The breached data includes full names, email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, business experience details, and other social media accounts. The team at RestorePrivacy analyzed data from this sample and found out that they’re authentic.

Here’s what LinkedIn had to say about the data breach:

‘’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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