LinkedIn Reportedly Breached: 6.5M Passwords at Stake

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – LinkedIn passwords to the tune of more than six million could be at stake  after a hacker claimed a breach of the professional social network on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the target in the purported event is actively looking into the report. “Our team continues to investigate, but at this time, we’re still unable to confirm that any security breach has occurred. Stay tuned here,” commented the Twitter feed for LinkedIn News.

The claims were made on a Russian forum, according to a report from The Verge. The network’s passwords were reportedly uploaded but the report noted that the inclusion of corresponding usernames was not present.

The same story signaled that the passwords were in hash form, meaning they’re protected by algorithms. However, as many would say, it’s probably a safe bet to go ahead and reset your LinkedIn password anyhow.

CNN Money noted that many of the passwords included in the leak appeared to be related to the network. Such examples included “linkedout,” “toprecruiter” and more. Earlier this week, hackers from the group SwaggSec claimed a breach of Chinese ISP, leaking 900 administrator credentials through file sharing site The Pirate Bay.