In a massive data breach, the personal data of 533 million Facebook users were compromised a couple of days ago.
The news of huge data leak involving Linkedin has shocked the job-hunting site’s users across the world.
According to CyberNews, Linkedin has been a part of a massive data breach that has exposed crucial data of 500 million users on the dark web.
The report says information that has been leaked includes the LinkedIn ID, Full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, Links to Linkedin profiles, Links to other social media profiles, professional titles, and other work-related data.
It has been reported that it is not clear whether the threat actor is selling the updated Linkedin profiles or whether the data has been aggregated from the previous breach suffered by Linkedin.
Confirming the data breach, Linkedin said the breach includes publicly viewable profile data that has been scraped from Linkedin.
“Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and we take action to protect that trust. We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies,” the Microsoft-owned site said in a statement
“It does include publicly viewable member profile data that appears to have been scraped from LinkedIn. This was not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private member account data from LinkedIn was included in what we’ve been able to review.”
“Any misuse of our members’ data, such as scraping, violates LinkedIn terms of service. When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes LinkedIn and our members haven’t agreed to, we work to stop them and hold them accountable,” the Linkedin statement said.
The Italian privacy watchdog has started investigating the Linkedin data breach which has exposed the personal information of million users.
The CyberNews report further said the cybercriminals can use the leaked data to carry out targeted phishing attacks, spam 500 million emails and phone numbers and brute-force the passwords of Linkedin profiles and email addresses.