As you may have already noticed, more than 6.4 million LinkedIn passwords have leaked to the Web after an apparent hack. Some login details are encrypted, but all users are advised to change their passwords.
LinkedIn has more than 150 million users worldwide, so this appears to affect less than 5 percent of its user base, however it remains a very damaging blow to the ‘professional’ social network’s reputation.
The company has disabled affected accounts and emailed account holders with details of how to reset their password. It is advised that all users change their passwords as a precautionary measure – but don’t be surprised it takes time, as the password reset feature is overwhelmed by visitors.
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