You may want to change your LinkedIn password due to a 2012 which has come back to haunt the professional site.
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It was previously thought that the 2012 LinkedIn hack was smaller than it turns out it was, which prompted the site to suggest to its users to change their LinkedIn passwords to avoid compromising their personal information. The hack has become a distant memory for many, but it has come back to bite the site and its users. More than 100 million users’ personal information being compromised.
LinkedIn’s immediate reaction in 2012 was to require a mandatory password reset for all users’ accounts it suspected of having been hacked. It also advised all other LinkedIn users to do the same. After learning that the LinkedIn password and username breach was bigger than initially thought, the site has started to invalidate LinkedIn passwords that haven’t been updated since the 2012 hack. Individual members have been notified via email that they need to reset their LinkedIn passwords as a safety measure. LinkedIn goes on to encourage all users to regularly changed their LinkedIn passwords by following the directions here.
LinkedIn has stated that it has demanded that parties cease making stolen password data available. The site commits to evaluate potential legal action if these parties fail to comply. LinkedIn is further using automated tools to attempt to identify and block any suspicious activity that might occur on affected accounts.
LinkedIn ends off by recommitting to your privacy by stating that:
We take the safety and security of our members’ accounts seriously. For several years, we have hashed and salted every password in our database, and we have offered protection tools such as email challenges and dual factor authentication. We encourage our members to visit our safety center to learn about enabling two-step verification, and to use strong passwords in order to keep their accounts as safe as possible.