“Wednesday brings reports of further security woes for LinkedIn, as Norwegian site Dagens IT carries a warning that 6.5 million encrypted passwords from the professional networking site have been posted to a Russian hacker forum,” Electronista reports.
“The passwords are said to be in an easily-crackable encryption format, and the files posted to the hacker site may contain user data as well,” Electronista reports. “In a post this afternoon on the LinkedIn Blog, the company confirmed that some LinkedIn account passwords had been compromised.”
Electronista reports, “LinkedIn has deactivated the passwords for affected accounts and sent out an email for the owners of those accounts to reset their passwords… Further, LinkedIn noted that the site has recently implemented improved security protocols. Passwords for LinkedIn accounts are now encrypted in a manner that includes both hashing and salting.”
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