Hackers have leaked the passwords to over six million accounts on the social networking site, LinkedIn. According to BBC, the hackers posted a file containing encrypted passwords onto a Russian web forum.
While the file and its content remain encrypted, the hacker has invited the hacking community to help with decrypting its contents.
Privacy concerns over its iOS mobile app
The news keeps getting worse for LinkedIn. Earlier today, Skycure Security discovered that LinkedIn’s mobile app collects full meeting details from a person’s iOS calendar, which may contain sensitive information such as meeting notes. The problem is that the information is then transmitted to LinkedIn’s servers for long term storage.
In short, the iPhone app automatically sends out the user’s entire calendar entries, including meeting information, location, time, title, email addresses, etc.
Ways To Protect Your Privacy Post LinkedIn Hack
We recommend anyone who has an active LinkedIn account to change their password on their LinkedIn account, and any other personal accounts where you use the same password. This may include:
- Other social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
- Email accounts: Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.
- Financial institutions: Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America, etc.
- Shopping websites: eBay, Amazon or other retail outlets
You can never be too cautious with your personal information.