Another 500 million LinkedIn accounts have leaked online, putting them in the hot seat.
After the news that personal information from 533 million Facebook accounts have been made available online. Now, there is another huge batch of people’s data floating around the web – including data from LinkedIn, the company confirmed. And the potential scope of the leak is enormous, it has been confirmed that a hacker scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles.
In a professed sample of two million of the profiles on sale, LinkedIn members’ full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, and more were visible. However, LinkedIn says that the data includes information from many places and wasn’t all scraped from the professional-focused social network.
The company also contended that “no private member account data from LinkedIn was included” – which perhaps means the scraped data only involves information that could be seen on someone’s public page. LinkedIn insists that this was “not a LinkedIn data breach,” which could be true if the data was scraped than collected by a hacker penetrating LinkedIn’s systems, but it doesn’t do much for the users whose data is now being sold on the internet.
LinkedIn hasn’t notified its users whose data was in the dataset. Italy’s privacy watchdog had started an investigation about LinkedIn, it then confirmed to Bloomberg.
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