You may still be able to draw on the news that personal information from 533 million Facebook accounts has been made freely available online. But now there is another large numbers of people’s data floating around the web – including data from LinkedIn, confirmed the Microsoft-owned social network. And the potential extent of the leak is huge: Someone selling the data on a hacker forum claims they were scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles according to CyberNews.
In an alleged sample of two million of the profiles for sale, LinkedIn members’ full names, email addresses, phone numbers, gender and more were visible, CyberNews found. However, LinkedIn says that the data contains information from many places and not all were scrapped from the professionally focused social network.
“We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been put up for sale and have determined that it is in fact an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies,” reads LinkedIn.
The company also claims that “no private LinkedIn account data from LinkedIn was included” – which may mean that the scraped data only includes information that you could see on a person’s public page. LinkedIn insists this was not “a LinkedIn data breach”, which would be technically true if the data was scraped rather than collected by a hacker who intruded on LinkedIn’s systems, but does not do much for users whose data is now being sold on the Internet .
LinkedIn has not yet told us if it will notify users whose data was in the dataset. (Facebook, if you were wondering, does not plan to inform users if they are one of the people whose data is leaking.) To check if your email or phone number was part of the Facebook data leak, we have instructions here.
Italy’s privacy watchdog has launched an investigation by LinkedIn, it confirmed to Bloomberg.