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Hacker selling 117 million LinkedIn user credentials on Dark Web

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published May 20, 2016, 9:01 pm IST
Updated May 20, 2016, 9:01 pm IST
The hacker, who goes by the name Peace, also confirmed the development to technology website Motherboard.
LinkedIn was targeted by a Russian hacker who snooped nearly 6 million login details from the site in 2012. (Representational image)
 LinkedIn was targeted by a Russian hacker who snooped nearly 6 million login details from the site in 2012. (Representational image)

Snooping data online is no more a concealed activity and mdern day hackers are emerging with numerous new ways to steal user data from large databases.

In case you do not remember, LinkedIn—the world’s largest professional networking site—was targeted by a Russian hacker who snooped nearly 6 million login details from the site in 2012.

 

Well, the same hacker is back again but the stakes are much higher this time; the person is selling 117 million user IDs and password details belonging to LinkedIn users on a illegal Dark Web entity, dubbed The Real Deal,        for five Bitcoins, which is approximately $2200.

The hacker, who goes by the name Peace, also confirmed the development to technology website Motherboard, which proved that LinkedIn stayed tight-lipped about the impact of the incident. The networking website never clarified how many users were affected totally. Now that’s scary.

 

Most of the passwords were protected with SHA1 algorithm and over 90 per cent are already hacked. This data breach can be termed as one of the biggest breaches in recent times, which can affect a large number of users.

While most LinkedIn users are not expected to store bank account details, there are still vulnerable personal information, and can allow individuals to find private details about your life.

In the wake of this event, it is recommended that you immediately change your LinkedIn passwords, and also other accounts if you use a similar password.

 

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