Another 500 million accounts have been leaked online and LinkedIn is in the hot seat

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You can still doubt the news that personal information from 533 million Facebook accounts has been made available online for free. But now there is another huge amount of people’s data floats across the web – including data from LinkedIn, Microsoft’s social network confirmed. And the potential scope of the leak is enormous: a person who sells the data on a hacker forum claims it has been scraped 500 million LinkedIn profiles, according to CyberNews

In an alleged sample of two million of the profiles for sale, the full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders and more of LinkedIn members were visible, CyberNews found it. However, LinkedIn says the data includes information from many places and not all of it comes from the professional social network.

“We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data put up for sale and determined that it is, in fact, a collection of data from a number of websites and companies,” reads LinkedIn statement

The company also claims that “no personal account information from LinkedIn is included” – which may mean that the information collected contains only information that you could see on someone’s public page. LinkedIn insists this was “ not a data breach on LinkedIn, ” which would be technically true if the data were scraped rather than collected by a hacker entering LinkedIn’s systems, but doesn’t do much for users whose data is now on the Internet are sold. .

LinkedIn has yet to tell us whether it will notify users whose data was in the dataset. (Facebook, if you were wondering, does not intend to notify users if they are one of the people whose data was leaked.) If you want to check if your email address or phone number was part of Facebook’s data breach, we have here instructions. .

The Italian privacy watchdog has started an investigation into LinkedIn, it confirmed Bloomberg