A security alert from C|Net News reports that LinkedIn experiences a security breach in which 6.5 million "hashed" user passwords were downloaded by hackers. Hashed means that the passwords were stolen in an encrypted format. It will take some bit of effort for the hackers to break the encryption and read the passwords, but the encryption type is breakable. LinkedIn cannot confirm the breach at this time, but in the past tech companies have been slow to locate or acknowledge successful hacks.
As security conscious users, we highly recommend that you take the time to change your LinkedIn password ASAP.
To change your LinkedIn password, log onto your account. Click on your name in the upper right corner and then click on the link for Settings. In the Settings section, click on the Change link next to Password. You'll be prompted to to enter your old password and then create a new one. Aim to pick a complex password that's not easy to decipher. Then click on the Change Password button.
Users endangered by the leak will recieve an email with instructions on how to reset. However, users should ONLY log in to LinkedIn to change their passwords and ignore emails with links to reset their passwords, due to the danger posed by phishing attempts.
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