While we are still shaken by the Facebook data leak that involved 533 million accounts, another huge batch of user data is floating around the web, and this time LinkedIn is in the hot seat. An individual selling the data on a hacker forum claims it was scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles. CyberNews first reported this. Reportedly, as proof, two million records have been put up for sale. These records include LinkedIn users’ full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, and other data.
However, in a company statement, LinkedIn claims that the data included information from many places and wasn’t all scraped from its platform.
Essentially, LinkedIn claims that the leaked data only includes information that you’d be able to see on someone’s public page. The company also insists that it is not a “data breach,” which holds considering the hacker has “scraped” the data instead of gathering it by hacking into LinkedIn’s systems.“We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from several websites and companies. It does include publicly viewable member profile data that appears to have been scraped from LinkedIn. This was not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private member account data from LinkedIn was included in what we’ve been able to review,” LinkedIn’s statement read.
However, this does not change the fact that 500 million users’ data is in hackers’ hands, and two million of it is up for sale.
A recent report by Bloomberg reveals that Italy’s privacy watchdog has begun an investigation into LinkedIn.