LinkedIn faces investigation after data from 500 MILLION users was found for sale on the marketplace

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LinkedIn faces investigation by Italian watchdog after data of 500 MILLION users found for sale in hacker market

  • About two-thirds of the platform’s 740 million users have been affected by the breach
  • The dataset breach was confirmed by a LinkedIn spokesperson who said the ‘scraping’ of member data violated terms and services
  • The Italian data protection authority is investigating the breach

Data from at least 500 million LinkedIn users has been pulled from the platform and is currently for sale online, prompting an Italian watchdog group to investigate, according to technical media sources.

The breach of the dataset was confirmed by a LinkedIn spokesperson, who said the ‘scraping’ of members’ data violated terms and services. The Italian data protection authority is investigating the breach.

“ While we are still investigating this issue, the posted dataset appears to contain publicly visible information pulled from LinkedIn in conjunction with data collected from other websites or companies, ” a LinkedIn spokesperson said in a statement to Insider.

About two-thirds of the platform's 740 million users have been affected by the breach

About two-thirds of the platform’s 740 million users have been affected by the breach

The Italian data protection authority is investigating the breach

The Italian data protection authority is investigating the breach

The Italian data protection authority is investigating the breach

“Scraping the data of our LinkedIn members violates our terms of service and we are constantly working to protect our members and their data.”

About two-thirds of the platform’s 740 million users have been affected by the breach.

Included in the data were account IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, genders, and links to other social media accounts.

According to CyberNews, the data was posted for sale on a hacker forum. The post’s author shared 2 million records as proof-of-concept, the outlet reported. They’re looking for bitcoin for the data.

According to CyberNews, the data was posted for sale on a hacker forum.  Post author shared 2 million records as proof-of-concept (stock photo)

According to CyberNews, the data was posted for sale on a hacker forum.  Post author shared 2 million records as proof-of-concept (stock photo)

According to CyberNews, the data was posted for sale on a hacker forum. Post author shared 2 million records as proof-of-concept (stock photo)

Paul Prudhomme, an analyst at IntSights, said exposed data is important because bad actors can use employee data to attack companies.

“Such attacks are more likely to succeed due to the rise of remote working and increased use of home or personal work devices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Prudhomme said.

“Attacking companies through their employees’ personal accounts and devices is a way for attackers to bypass the security of corporate networks.”

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