Sadly, LinkedIn has become the latest victim of hacker attacks, with news today confirming that a number of the company’s members have had their passwords stolen. While multiple reports have that number at over 6 million members, LinkedIn only vaguely states that “some of the passwords” were stolen.
Though the company has not confirmed the number of members affected, it has issued a statement via their blog. Here’s what was stated,
An Update on LinkedIn Member Passwords Compromised
Vicente Silveira, June 6, 2012
We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:
1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
3.These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously, if you haven’t read it already it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password other account security best practices.
Yes we know that a hacker is the cause of this, but we have to voice our concerns to the companies that hold our personal information. Building or waiting to update inferior security opportunities cannot be accepted. Our personal information and security should be one of the most important concerns every company has. Should it be any different? Let us know! At the end of this all, please make sure you change your password.