Breach of data has always been in the trend in the past few years. This time, LinkedIn is the latest victim of a data breach. Over 500 million user data has scrapped and posted online for sale. The data includes personal data like phone numbers, email addresses, full names, workplace information, link to their social media accounts, account IDs, and gender details.
Also, the hacker, who has dumped these data, sells 200 million data online. Generally, hackers are asking for a four-digit amount (in USD) to exchange the breached data, mainly in the form of Bitcoins. This incident just came into existence just days after the leakage of 500 million scraped data of more than 500 million Facebook users was leaked.
As of now, LinkedIn has more than 740 million users as per the company website which means that the data of over two-third of its users is hammered and sold online. CyberNews has first reported the news, and LinkedIn later confirmed the data breach to Business Insider.
LinkedIn Spokesperson Statement Talks About Personal Data Breach
A LinkedIn spokesperson told the publication in an official statement that “While we’re still investigating this issue, the posted dataset appears to include publicly viewable information that was scraped from LinkedIn combined with data aggregated from other websites or companies. Scraping our members’ data from LinkedIn violates our terms of service and we are constantly working to protect our members and their personal data”.
Earlier, 533 million Facebook users’ data was leaked on a hacking forum from 106 countries which includes 32 million from the US and 6 million from India. This dataset includes user’s phone numbers, email addresses, locations, Facebook IDs, bios, and birthdate.