You may still be reeling from the news that the personal information of 533 million Facebook accounts has been made freely available online. But now there is other A large batch of people data floating around the web, including data from LinkedIn, confirmed the Microsoft-owned social network. And the potential scope of the leak is huge: A person selling the data on a hacker forum claims it was removed. 500 million LinkedIn profiles, according to CyberNews.
In a supposed sample of two million profiles for sale, the full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders and more of the LinkedIn members were visible. CyberNews he found. LinkedIn, however, says the data includes information from many places and not all of it was pulled from the professional-centric social network.
“We have investigated an alleged LinkedIn data set that has been posted for sale and determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from various websites and companies,” the LinkedIn statement reads.
The company also contends that “no account data for private LinkedIn members was included,” which perhaps means that the data extracted only includes information that you might see on someone’s public page. LinkedIn insists that this “was not a LinkedIn data breach,” which would be technically true if the data were mined rather than collected by a hacker penetrating LinkedIn systems, but not long ago by users whose data is now sold on the internet. .
LinkedIn has yet to tell us if it will notify users whose data was in the dataset. (Facebook, if you were wondering, does not plan to inform users if you are one of the people whose data was leaked.) If you want to check if your email or phone number was part of Facebook’s data breach, we have instructions here.
Italy’s privacy watchdog has launched an investigation into LinkedIn, confirmed to Bloomberg.