LinkedIn confirms passwords were compromised

June 6, 2012 – 5:24 PM

LinkedIn said today that some passwords on a list of allegedly stolen hashed passwords belong to its members, but did not say how its site was compromised.

“We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts,” Vicente Silveira, a director at the professional social networking site, wrote in a blog post. It is unknown how many passwords have been verified by LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has disabled the passwords on those accounts, it said. Account holders will receive an e-mail from LinkedIn with instructions for resetting their passwords. The e-mails will not include any links. Phishing attacks often rely on links in e-mails that lead to fake sites designed to trick people into providing information, so the company says it will not send links in e-mails.

Affected account holders will then receive a second e-mail from LinkedIn customer support explaining why they need to change their passwords.


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