6.45 Million Hashed LinkedIn Passwords Leaked Online
06/06/2012 | Nicholas Griffin
If you use LinkedIn currently, then you probably want to change your password, as 6.45 million encrypted passwords where leaked this morning, even though usernames are not included in this data, it is believed they might have been downloaded at the same time, and as such could also be published for the world to see at any point.
The news was leaked on a Russian forum this morning, which was initially thought to be a hoax, but after Mikko Hypponen, the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, told The Verge that he’s guessing ”it’s some sort of exploit on their [LinkedIn's] web interface, but there’s no way to know. I am sure LinkedIn will fill us in sooner or later.”
Although we did point out that you should change your password, there is no need to panic as all of the passwords have been hashed with SHA-1 encryption, but as we found out from Anonymous earlier this year, anything is hackable.
Via [The Verge]