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Hackers Compromise 6.5 Million LinkedIn Passwords

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LinkedIn is the largest social professional networking site. There are 161 million users of the site, but 6.5 million will have to change their passwords due to hackers hacking the site. Vincente Silveira wrote in a blog post, “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.” What does this mean to the rest of the 155 million LinkedIn users that didn’t have their passwords compromised? You obviously shouldn’t jump ship. Silveira says is “enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases.”

If you’re one of the 6.5 million who will have to change your password, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to change your password. You should though be in the practice of regularly changing your passwords. Our IT guys recommends to us that we change our passwords every three months.

I have a LinkedIn account, but I rarely use it. I wonder it I could get a hacker to get my password for me.

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