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Microsoft | LinkedIn: Personal data of 500 million users are put up for sale on the “deep web”

A few days ago the huge leak of personal data of 533 million users of Facebook, which were revealed in a hacking forum. Now the famous professional networking web platform LinkedIn is the new victim of massive leak.

A file containing data supposedly extracted from 500 million of profiles of LinkedIn has been placed for sale on a popular hacking forum, the “hacker” has posted 2 millions of leaked data as proof of the treasure obtained.

The data extracted from the users that the hacker owns includes full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, and more. The loot is being auctioned for at least a sum of 4 digits, presumably in bitcoin, so as not to be tracked.

How did it leak?

As with Facebook, the hackers used a method called scraping or “web scraping” to the official LinkedIn page. It should be noted that this attack does not violate any server Microsoft, owner of LinkedIn.

At the moment it is not known if obtaining all the data it is a recent or older and outdated build.

What impact can this leak have?

While the huge leak contains nothing about financial information o de Credit cards, hackers can take advantage of all this data to make schemes of phishing and social engineering attacks.

As Cybernews points out, hackers can easily combine data from various breaches to create detailed profiles of their potential victims.

How to take care of yourself?

In the face of this massive leak, it is important that you stay alert to possible threats. Beware of suspicious messages and friend requests from strangers on LinkedIn. It is recommended to change the password for your LinkedIn and email accounts.

Consider using a password manager to create more secure credentials and enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on all your accounts.

Also, be careful with possible emails in your inbox and suspicious text messages, as you may be a victim of phishing.

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