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LinkedIn says data from some users was extracted and published for sale

Apr 9 (Reuters) – Some LinkedIn data, including public profiles of some members, was pulled and published for sale, according to research by Microsoft Corp.’s professional networking site.

The incident did not involve a data breach and data from accounts of private members of the platform was not included, LinkedIn said in a blog post Thursday, adding that the information for sale is a collection of data from various websites and Business.

LinkedIn declined to provide further details about the incident, including the number of users affected.

CyberNews reported on April 6 that a file of data pulled from 500 million LinkedIn profiles was made up for sale on a popular hacker forum.

Earlier in the week, Facebook Inc said that “malicious actors” had obtained data before September 2019 by “scratching” profiles using a vulnerability in the platform’s contact sync tool.

The world’s largest social network failed to notify more than 530 million users whose data was recently collected and published in a database, and has no plans to do so, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

(Report by Akanksha Rana and Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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