It is the second massive data breach of LinkedIn which exposed the data of 700 million users. In per cent, it is more than 90% of the total 756 million users. In the meantime, restoreprivacy reported that data is listed for sale on the dark web.
According to restoreprivacy, hackers have posted a sample of 1 million users data and upon checking the data it confirms that data is genuine and up to date. The hacked data contain the following information:
- Email Addresses
- Full names
- Phone numbers
- Physical addresses
- Geolocation records
- LinkedIn username and profile URL
- Personal and professional experience/background
- Other social media accounts and usernames
How was the data obtained?
On reaching out to the hacker, who is posting the data up for sale on the hacking forum. He claims the data was obtained by exploiting the LinkedIn API to harvest information that people upload to the site.
As the listed data doesn't contain users passwords but then also all the above-mentioned data is valuable. These data can be used for identity theft and also for social engineering. As LinkedIn is popularly known as a social network for professionals, these data can be counted as huge.
This is not the first time, earlier also LinkedIn confirms that the data of 500 million users data were stolen from its server. For this data-theft company haven't responded yet.