Researchers have discovered a public data base of 500 million LinkedIn users.

According to a representative of the social network, this data is publicly available.

  • According to a report by Cyber ​​News, a database of 500 million LinkedIn users has been published on an unnamed forum for hackers. A LinkedIn spokesman confirmed to Insider the existence of data collected from the platform.
  • “While we are still investigating this issue, the published data appears to include public information obtained from LinkedIn combined with data collected from other sites,” a LinkedIn spokesperson told Insider.
  • According to LinkedIn, the site has 740 million users, so a leak could affect about two-thirds of the social network’s users, Insider writes.
  • Data includes account IDs, names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, gender, and links to other social media accounts.
  • Attackers can use them to attack companies through employee information, Paul Prudhomme, an analyst at the intelligence company IntSights, told the publication. According to him, such attacks can be successful due to the growing popularity of remote control during a pandemic.
  • In early April, hackers published a database of 533 million Facebook accounts, which had been collected by 2019.

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