LinkedIn went through a huge data breach years ago, back in 2012, whereby the account login details and encrypted passwords of over 6 million users were shared online by a hacker said to be a Russian. This sounds bad, right? Well, it was actually worse: it has recently been revealed that instead of the 6 million accounts, around 117 million ones were actually involved.
This has been revealed when a hacker under the name “Peace” offered to sell a database of 167 million email logins and passwords; this include 117 million LinkedIn users’ details. This transaction is happening on the illegal Dark Web market known as “The Real Deal”. The leaked data are sold at 5 Bitcoins which amount to around $2,200. The hacker himself has confirmed that the 2012 LinkedIn data breach is included in this.
According to independent researcher Troy Hunt, many of the victims have confirmed to him that the leak data is legitimate.
It is now being argued that LinkedIn has saved users’ passwords in an unsafe way. Furthermore, the firm did not make the extent of the damage public back in 2012, given the great discrepancy between 6 million and 117 million. A spokesperson from the company has, however, said that the matter is being investigated.
The company may have to reach out to its users financially yet again. Last year, it had paid a total of $1.25 million to victims from the US over a lawsuit concerning the 2012 incident. Now that the victim list has been found to be much longer, it might have to pay more than $15 million to American users.