LinkedIn is the most recent victim of a massive data breach and data of over 500 million of its users has been scraped from the platform and posted online for sale.
The four leaked files contain information about the LinkedIn users whose data has been allegedly scraped by the threat actor, including their full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, and more.
The users on the hacker forum can view the leaked samples for about $2 worth of forum credits, the threat actor appears to be auctioning the much-larger 500 million user database for at least a 4-digit sum, presumably in bitcoin.
The investigation team confirms this by looking at the samples provided on the hacker forum. Still, it’s unclear whether the threat actor is selling up-to-date LinkedIn profiles, or if the data has been taken or aggregated from a previous breach suffered by LinkedIn or other companies.
The company states that the data for sale was not acquired as a result of a data breach, and “is an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies.”
“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.” declare LinkedIn.
Following “the dissemination of user data, including IDs, full names, email addresses, telephone numbers” by the threat actor, Italy’s privacy watchdog began an investigation into the incident.
A New Collection with 327M more LinkedIn Profiles appears on the Hacker Forum
A new collection of LinkedIn databases has been put for sale on the same hacker forum by another user – for $7,000 worth of bitcoin.
The new author claims to have both the original 500-million database, as well as six additional archives that allegedly include 327 million scraped LinkedIn profiles:
What was Leaked?
- LinkedIn IDs
- Full names
- Email addresses
- Phone numbers
- Links to LinkedIn profiles
- Links to other social media profiles
- Professional titles and other work-related data
The data from the leaked files can be used by threat actors against LinkedIn users in multiple ways by:
- Carrying out targeted phishing attacks
- Spamming 500 million emails and phone numbers
- Brute-forcing the passwords of LinkedIn profiles and email addresses
Experts recommend to:
- Use a personal data leak checker to find out if your LinkedIn data has been leaked by the threat actor.
- Beware of suspicious LinkedIn messages and connection requests from strangers.
- Change the password of your LinkedIn and email accounts.
- Consider using a password manager to create strong passwords and store them securely.
- Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on all your online accounts.