- LinkedIn has confirmed the breach & officially responded
- 700 million user’s data has been made public as sample proof
- LinkedIn has a total of 756 million subscribers on its platform
Back in April, Microsoft owned LinkedIn suffered a massive data leak that claimed the personal information of five hundred million users, last week another data set showed up on the dark web for over seven hundred million or 92 percent of the platform.
LinkedIn has a total of 756 million users, which means that the data of more than 92 percent of its users has been compromised in this new breach.
The new dataset obtained by an unknown hacker is said to consist of personal details of LinkedIn users, including phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation data, and inferred salaries. a Hacker group on a popular hacker forum had advertised the sale of data from 700 million users on June 22 Priced at US$5000 for the full 700 million record dataset and the data appears to be updated with samples from 2020 to 2021..
The dark web user claimed the data was collected using software from Linkedin for developers, an application programming interface.
Our teams have investigated a set of alleged LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale. We want to be clear that this is not a data breach and no private LinkedIn member data was exposed. Our initial investigation has found that this data was scraped from LinkedIn and other various websites and includes the same data reported earlier this year in our April 2021 scraping update.
Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and any misuse of our members’ data, such as scraping, violates LinkedIn terms of service. When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes LinkedIn and our members haven’t agreed to, we work to stop them and hold them accountable.
This is the second in most notable data leak for the company in less than six months.