LinkedIn Working with FBI to Track Down Hackers?
Professional social networking site LinkedIn is working hard to set things right after millions of its users' passwords were hacked. It is reported that the site is working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down the hackers.
"From the moment we became aware of this issue, we have been working non-stop to investigate it," said Linkedin director Vicente Silveira on its official blog. "We are also actively working with law enforcement, which is investigating this matter," he added.
Silveira also revealed that millions of LinkedIn users' passwords were hacked.
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"Yesterday we learned that approximately 6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords were posted on a hacker site. Most of the passwords on the list appear to remain hashed and hard to decode, but unfortunately a small subset of the hashed passwords was decoded and published," he added.
Efforst are on to help the users overcome the inconvenience. The company has to lock down and protect the accounts associated with the decoded passwords that they believed were at the greatest risk. They invalidated those passwords and contacted those members with a message that lets them know how to reset their passwords.
Linkedin on Thursday apologized to its members for the inconveniences caused after millions of its users' passwords were hacked. It also requested its members to update their passwords as a security messure.
"While our investigation continues, we thought it would be a good idea to remind our members that one of the best ways to protect your privacy and security online is to craft a strong password, to change it frequently (at least once a quarter or every few months) and to not use the same password on multiple sites. Use this as an opportunity to review all of your account settings on LinkedIn and on other sites too. Remember, no matter what website you're on, it's important for you to make sure that you protect your account security and privacy," wrote Silveira.
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