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Social Website LinkedIn Hacked – 6.5 Million Password Stolen

From CNET News:

LinkedIn had a rough week on the security front.

Hours after LinkedIn members reported that their passwords were on a list of stolen passwords, the business-networking site confirmed that some 6.5 million of its members’ passwords had been stolen and uploaded to a Russian hacker server. At this point, it’s not clear how many of the passwords were cracked.

The damage appears to be somewhat limited in scope of data, the post says, but it’s also still unclear how many of the site’s more than 160 million users may have been affected. After realizing the problem, LinkedIn disabled the passwords that it believed were “at greatest risk” and sent those users e-mails informing them to change their passwords.

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