Reports started swirling this morning that more than six million users had their account passwords stolen, and now the company has confirmed the security breach with a post on its blog — though the company hasn't yet confirmed how many accounts were compromised.
Affected users will receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their password. This doesn't appear to be the standard password reset procedure, either — any affected user will automatically be locked out of their account, and the password reset email being sent by LinkedIn won't contain any links to the site. LinkedIn will also be sending affected members a second email from their customer service department detailing the circumstances behind the breach. We can't help but feel that all of the service's members deserve to know exactly what happened — they've entrusted their personal data to LinkedIn, regardless of whether their passwords were stolen or not.
The full text of LinkedIn's blog post can be found below.
We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:
1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously, if you haven’t read it already it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password other account security best practices.