The personal information and data of over 700 million LinkedIn users; were exposed in a data breach. However, the professional social network platform has around 756 million users worldwide. And around 700 million users have faced data breaches. This means that approximately 92 percent of users had a data invasion. According to sources, an unknown hacker; has obtained all the information and sold it online.
Data of 700 Million LinkedIn Users Leaked Online
LinkedIn faced a massive data breach lately. The data of approximately 92 percent of users are leaked online. It is assumed that an unknown hacker; has obtained all the information and sold it online. The hacker has leaked users’ contact details, phone numbers, geolocation data, and inferred salaries. Likewise, in April, the professional social media platform; faced a similar data breach. During that time, personal data and information; of about 500 million users were leaked online. The hacker leaked email addresses; phone numbers, workplace information, account ID, name, etc. Besides that, gender details and other social media connections; were also leaked. And now, the same thing has happened with LinkedIn again.
What did the Company Say About this Data Breach?
According to LinkedIn, it did not face a data breach. Instead, they say that someone has gathered information; from scraping the network. However, the professional social media platform; is still investigating the matter. Their initial analysis suggests; that someone has scraped data from their network. Moreover, the hacker has gathered information; from other sources as well. Data scraping is a punishable crime; and moreover, it is against the platform’s terms and conditions. LinkedIn further said; that they are constantly ensuring their community’s privacy.
Data is Put Up for Sale on the Dark Web
The data and information of these 700 million LinkedIn users; are on sale on the Dark Web. Moreover, the hacker has posted a sample of 1 million users; for the customers. The hacker is selling; users’ names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.
Besides that, their LinkedIn username, salaries, background, and gender; are also put up for sale. The dataset doesn’t include passwords; but still, the rest of the information is quite delicate too.