LinkedIn, a Microsoft-owned social Network confirmed that data of 500 million users were leaked and are being sold by an individual to a hacker forum.
According to LinkedIn, the leaked data is from a number of websites and companies.
However, LinkedIn said, “This was not a LinkedIn data breach and no private member account data from Linkedin was included in what we’ve been able to review.”
Full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, links to LinkedIn profiles and other social media profiles, professional and other work-related data of LinkedIn members were found in the sample of two million of the profiles intended for sale.
LinkedIn says the data includes information from several places and was not scrapped from a professional-focused social network.
It is however unclear whether the threat actor is selling up-to-date LinkedIn profiles or the data was taken from a previous breach suffered by LinkedIn or other companies.
LinkedIn asks users who suspect their profile data to be among those leaked to; Use their personal data leak checker to find out, change passwords of LinkedIn and email account, enable two-factor authentication on all their online accounts and beware of suspicious LinkedIn messages and connection requests from strangers.