Some 700 million LinkedIn records are currently up for sale on a hacking forum with the uploader, TomLiner, also posting a sample of one million records to prove the claim.
According to a PrivacySharks report, the information in the records included full names, gender, email addresses, phone numbers, and industry information. PrivacySharks is a website offering reviews for VPNs, antivirus software, and email protection and password protection services.
LinkedIn spokesperson Leona Spillman, meanwhile, countered claims it was a data breach, noting it appeared to be a data scraping operation.
Spillman said in a statement, “While we’re still investigating this issue, our initial analysis indicates that the dataset includes information scraped from LinkedIn as well as information obtained from other sources. This was not a LinkedIn data breach and our investigation has determined that no private LinkedIn member data was exposed. Scraping data from LinkedIn is a violation of our Terms of Service and we are constantly working to ensure our members’ privacy is protected.”
A statement sent to Rappler on Thursday evening added that the reported dataset “includes the same data reported earlier this year in our April 2021 scraping update.”
The news follows an earlier scraping of 500 million records from LinkedIn.
Victims affected by this or other data scraping operations will want to watch out for potential spam campaigns or scams using their information, as well as any potential issues with identity theft.
PrivacySharks also advised that although password and email address combinations are not a part of this recent leak, it would be best to update one’s password and passwords for other online accounts, and enable two-factor authentication. – Rappler.com