Updated thread: 700 Million LinkedIn Records For Sale on Hacker Forum, June 22nd 2021
That's a lot of users! IF you use/signed up to linkedin, well worth keeping an eye out for any untoward calls or emails.
e.g don't click on any suspcious links and report them to said providers/retailers.
Full article below Source / Credit - RestorePrivacy700 Million LinkedIn Records For Sale on Hacker Forum, June 22nd 2021
Data from 700 million LinkedIn users has been put up for sale online, making this one of the largest LinkedIn data leaks to date. And after making contact with the seller, we have updated this article with more information, including how the data was obtained and the possible impact on LinkedIn users.
Many people trust LinkedIn with all sorts of private data, hoping and trusting that the information remains in safe hands. But is this trust warranted? So far in 2021, we have already seen two separate incidents where bad actors have exploited the professional networking platform to harvest vast amounts of user data.
The implications of this are far-ranging, from identity theft to phishing attacks, social engineering attacks, and more. Before we dive into the consequences of this leak, let’s first examine what happened.
What happened exactly?
On June 22nd, a user of a popular hacker advertised data from 700 Million LinkedIn users for sale. The user of the forum posted up a sample of the data that includes 1 million LinkedIn users. We examined the sample and found it to contain the following information:Email Addresses
LinkedIn username and profile URL
Personal and professional experience/background
Other social media accounts and usernames
This is one of the largest LinkedIn data dumps we have seen.The user claims that the complete database contains the personal information of 700 Million LinkedIn users. Since LinkedIn has 756 million users, according to its website, this would mean that almost 93% of all LinkedIn users can be found through these records.Possible impact of this latest LinkedIn data leak
While this latest LinkedIn leak did not contain any financial records or login credentials, there are still serious consequences. This is because it puts 700+ million people at risk of:identity theft
social engineering attacks
Cybercriminals can use the information found in the leaked files with other data in order to create full detailed profiles of their potential victims. Additionally, bad actors can use the available data, particularly usernames, emails, and personal information, to gain access to other accounts.
Above all else, this information exposes LinkedIn users to a higher risk of exploitation by bad actors.
And once your private data is leaked, there’s no getting it back.
At some point, i expect all emails to be uploaded to haveibeenpwned. This is where you can check if your email or phone is in a data breachPhishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment.
Say they've noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts.Claim there's a problem with your account or your payment information.Say you must confirm some personal information.Include a fake voice/Robotic.
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