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on Thursday, 07 June 2012
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LinkedIn has been Hacked!

If you have an account with LinkedIn, change your password at once!   The social networking site has announced that over 6.5 million passwords have been hacked and released onto the internet.  What is worse is that the emails associated with the passwords have also been  hacked.  

LinkedIn says that the passwords are encrypted and won't be readable - but we wouldn't want to take that risk.  In fact, Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos blogged that "Although the data which has been released so far does not include associated email addresses, it is reasonable to assume that such information may be in the hands of the criminals."

How did it Happen

A Russian hacker acquired password hashes and used these to hack into the accounts.  Now these account holders are wide open to account hijacking and data theft.  

Yet LinkedIn has not made its own announcement of the security breach and has only commented on Twitter that it is investigating reports of stolen passwords. 

What To Do

First of all, change your LinkedIn password and make sure it is not the same one you use at any other site.  Try to keep unique passwords for each site you visit.  

Ignore scam emails on the topic of your LinkedIn password, which will lead to phishing sites. 

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