Though the latest breach happened in 2012 with LinkedIn; when hackers stole the login info for about 6.5 million users; new reports are saying that actually over 100 million users were affected….a significant number though.
According to Motherboard, a hacker is selling user data on the Dark Web market place the Real Deal for 5 bitcoin (which is about $2,200).
In a blog post , LinkedIn demanded that the parties should cease making availability of stolen password data and would consider legal action if not complied. Currently the company is using automated tools to try and catch suspicious activities.
But matter can be resolved by adding a unique element, or “salt,” to each user password, the database administrators can massively complicate things for attackers who may have stolen the user database and rely upon automated tools to crack user passwords.
LinkedIn said it added salt to its password hashing function following the 2012 breach. But if you’re a LinkedIn user and haven’t changed your password since 2012, your password may not be protected with the salting capabilities.
So changing your password would be the best idea if you haven’t done yet. Most importantly, if you use your LinkedIn password at other sites, change those passwords to unique ones. As this breach reminds us, re-using passwords at multiple sites that hold personal and/or financial information about you is a less-than-stellar idea.
So if you are using LinkedIn then chances are there you you are among the 117 million users who does need to change their password. Even if you might not, but can consider strengthening it.
May Chow of LinkedIn’s corporate communication sent an Email to the Los Angeles Times writing that they have begun to invalidate password for all accounts created prior to the 2012 breach and who hasn’t updated their password since that breach. They mentioned that they continued notifying members via email and banners on their site.
Most of us have become a bit nonchalant about breaches. CRB Tech advices that we need to take more responsibility for our own security. The fact is that regardless wherever it is posted, nothing is private …..everything is public.
In fact, San Diego State’s Murray Jennex says that if you are at all online, you can assume you’ve been hacked. He said that everyone in the U.S. has probably been hacked once.
Technology entwins the way we function individually and as a culture. But the nature of our digital lives has created our personal data transparent. There are almost 300 different information sets – consider all of your accounts from Netflix and Amazon to social media giants like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram. Each one is a door to your data.
With respect to other technology news; the EMC Digital Universe study is the only study to quantify and forecast the amount of data produced annually. The 2014 report projects the growth of the digital universe through 2020.
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