Professional networking site LinkedIn suffered a major security breach on June 6th, 2012 that resulted in the theft of approximately 6.5 million user passwords. The stolen data was subsequently posted on a hacker website, and while a majority of the passwords were protected with secure hash algorithms, some have been decrypted and published in plain text.
Last week's breach at LinkedIn resulted in the leak of 6.46 million user passwords, but with some basic security measures in place it could have been avoided, the New York Times reports.
LinkedIn: 'No email logins have been published' following password leak, law enforcement investigating
LinkedIn says that it has not yet seen any evidence indicating that user email addresses associated with the 6.5 million leaked passwords have been publicly posted.
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.
A forum user is claiming to have hacked LinkedIn to the tune of 6.5 million account details.