Computerworld – (International) LinkedIn confirms ‘some’ passwords leaked. In response to widespread reports of a massive data breach at LinkedIn, the company confirmed June 6 that passwords belonging to “some” members were compromised. In a blog post, LinkedIn’s director said the company confirmed an unspecified number of hashed passwords posted publicly on a Russian hacker forum earlier the week of June 4, “correspond to LinkedIn accounts.” He said LinkedIn is continuing to investigate. “Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid,” the director added. Users of the social networking site for professionals will also receive an e-mail from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset passwords. The e-- 17 - mail will not contain links that users must click to reset their password, he noted. Affected customers will receive a note from LinkedIn with more information on what happened and why they are being asked to reset passwords, he said. Earlier, the director posted a note urging LinkedIn members to change passwords and providing tips on how to create strong passwords. He was responding to reports earlier June 6 that hackers accessed 6.5 million hashed passwords from a LinkedIn database and posted them. According to security researchers who saw the compromised data, more than 300,000 of the hashed passwords were already decrypted and posted online in clear text.
Ali Loney, on June 06, 2012