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New LinkedIn Data Leak Leaves 700 Million Users Exposed

Restore PrivacyData from 700 million LinkedIn users has been put up for sale online, making this one of the largest LinkedIn data leaks to date. After analyzing the data and making contact with the seller, we have updated this article with more information, including how the data was obtained and the possible impact on LinkedIn users. LinkedIn has confirmed via email to RestorePrivacy that the data was obtained from their servers, as well as from other sources. Many people trust LinkedIn with all sorts of private data, hoping and trusting that the information remains in safe hands. But is this trust warranted? So far in 2021, we have already seen two separate incidents where bad actors have exploited the professional networking platform to harvest vast amounts of user data. The implications of this are far-ranging, from identity theft to phishing attacks, social engineering attacks, and more….What happened exactly? On June 22 2021, a user of a popular hacker forum advertised data from 700 Million LinkedIn users for sale. The user of the forum posted a sample of the data that includes 1 million LinkedIn users. We examined the sample and found it to contain the following information:

  • Email Addresses
  • Full names
  • Phone numbers
  • Physical addresses
  • Geolocation records
  • LinkedIn username and profile URL
  • Personal and professional experience/background
  • Genders
  • Other social media accounts and usernames…”

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