It appears that some hackers got their hands on the database of passwords from LinkedIn.
LinkedIn representatives have stated that they’re currently analyzing the reports.
The good news is that the data dump in size of 271 MB that has been made available on a Russian forum only contains the SHA1 hashes of the passwords and not the associated usernames.
Until this is confirmed or denied by the company, we urge you to stay on the safe side and change your LinkedIn password immediately.
Here is how to do it:
Click on your name in the top right side of the screen, choose Settings.
Click on Password Change afterwards.
Don’t forget to add an extra email address there in case you want to recover your password and you lost access to your primary email address.
In the meanwhile, also change the password on other accounts or at least for the email address registered with LinkedIn in case you were using the same password.
We will post updates about this situation as soon as we find out more.
Remember the post Fake LinkedIn emails to reset your password ?
Now we understand why so many fake emails… But it appears that the scams were faster than the publishing of the hashes.