Security Breach Claims Test LinkedIn
While there’s no telling how users will respond, LinkedIn has reportedly leaked millions of account passwords. Norweigan IT Web site Dagens IT first reported the breach, with 6.5 million encrypted passwords posted to a Russian hacker site. Security researcher Per Thorsheim has also confirmed reports via his Twitter feed, stating that the attackers have posted the encrypted passwords to request help cracking them. LinkedIn, for its part, has responded to the issue, updating its official Twitter account to state that it is “looking into reports.” Meanwhile, the professional-positioned social network is already having a bad week.
“Earlier today we reported that the LinkedIn iOS app collects full meeting notes and details from your device’s calendar and sends them back to the company in plain text,” The Next Web reports. “The information is gathered without explicit permission by a feature that allows users to access their calendar within the app. LinkedIn has took the time to formulate an official response, noting that a new version of the app it on its way.” What impact all these technical gaffes have on LinkedIn’s brand has yet to be seen, but it’s worth noting that bigger companies have successfully recovered from far worse security breaches.