The source – restoreprivacy.com
On a popular hacker forum, the data of 700 million LinkedIn users were put up for sale: since the platform has 756 million users, the leak covers 92% of the audience. It happened on June 22, 2021.
The stolen confidential data sample contains the following information:
- e-mail address;
- full names;
- phone numbers;
- physical addresses;
- geolocation records;
- LinkedIn username and profile URL;
- personal and professional experience/background;
- men or women;
- other users' social media accounts.
The hacker claims that the data was obtained using the LinkedIn API to collect information. The declared value is $5,000.
Cross-validation of the data from the sample with other publicly available information showed that all data are reliable and tied to real users.
The only way to minimize the risk of data leakage is by limiting the amount of data available to others.