Are you on LinkedIn? If you are then you may want to head over to the site and change your password, The Next Web reports that LinkedIn’s security has been compromised and 6.5 million users’s passwords have been posted on a Russian hacker website. This shortly after it was found out that LinkedIn’s iOS app has been transmitting un-encrypted data to their servers. It’s not a good day for LinkedIn.
WHAT TO DO?
So what next? Well the short answer is CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD NAOW! (Emphasis mine)
Although the reports from The Next Web’s source confirmed some 300,000 of the 6.5 million passwords as being decrypted, it’s still in your best interest to head over to the site and change your login info. Also of note, though both the password leak and the iOS’s lack of encryption are very problematic, it should be stressed that they are two separate issues – the apps have been updated on Android and the iOS update is pending approval from the App Store as of this writing.
For what it’s worth, LinkedIn officially acknowledged the password issue on Twitter; now we’ll just have to wait and see how they fix it.
Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords. Stay tuned for more.
— LinkedIn News (@LinkedInNews) June 6, 2012