LinkedIn Password Breach Outcomes

Following the attack on LinkedIn’s password, the company has higher security standards including “hashing and salting of our current password databases,“ wrote Vicente Silveira, LinkedIn’s director in LinkedIn’s blog. The company locked down and protected the accounts associated with the decoded passwords, invalidated them, that were at the greatest risk. LinkedIn members are being contacted by LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords.

Affected members will receive an email with instructions on how to reset their passwords; current passwords will not work. They will receive an email with more information on what happened.The company did not confirm how many passwords were involved, it reportedly affected about 6 million of LinkedIn’s 161 million users. LinkedIn has “a broad cross-functional team” working on resolving the password-breach problem and associated security concerns. The company is also in contact with FBI.


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