Massive new LinkedIn data breach hits 92 percent of users

(AMERICAN MILITARY NEWS) – In what will horrify users, a massive LinkedIn data breach has been reported and almost everybody on it has been impacted. A new report suggests that the networking site for professionals has been hit by another breach. This time, over 700 million users appear to have been affected, accounting for over 92 percent of users on the platform. Amazingly, the first anyone heard about this LinkedIn data breach was when the hacker himself announced it! LinkedIn users need to be very worried indeed as email addresses, full names, phone numbers, physical addresses are being offered on sale and perhaps, passwords too.

According to reports by RestorePrivacy and PrivacyShark, the hacker behind the data leak appears to have accessed the data from the website using the company’s API, or Application Programming Interface — a software intermediary that allows two services to communicate with each other. Malicious actors misuse APIs to perform ‘data scraping’ to collect publicly available information from websites.

On June 22, the breach was announced on a forum by the alleged hacker, who offered the data of 700 million users for sale, according to the report. RestorePrivacy was also able to verify a sample of the data containing the information of one million LinkedIn users that was put out by the hacker. It reportedly contains email addresses, full names, phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation records, LinkedIn username and profile URL, personal and professional experience or background, genders, and other social media accounts and usernames.

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