Earlier this year, it was reported that the account data – which included email addresses and mobile numbers – was leaked online. While the world is still debating about it and Facebook’s ineffective role in the wake of it, another massive leak has raised its head. This time, the profile data of around 500 million LinkedIn users has been leaked on a hacker forum. CyberNews reports that the leaked data scraped from LinkedIn profiles contains details such as full names, phone numbers, email addresses, and employment information to name a few.
“While users on the hacker forum can view the leaked samples for about $2 worth of forum credits, the threat actor appears to be auctioning the much-larger 500 million user database for at least a 4-digit sum, presumably in bitcoin.”
What Linkedin user data was leaked?
Talking about the user data that has now been put up for sale, it contains the LinkedIn profile IDs and the corresponding URL link, full names, email addresses, mobile numbers, employment information, and links to social media profiles of affected users. However, there is no evidence of sensitive information such as financial details and legal documents being part of the leaked data cache. However, the data that has been scraped is enough for launching social engineering attacks, phishing, and spamming.