FBI's aiding LinkedIn in password theft investigation

LinkedIn, the professional social site grabbed headlines, recently when it faced a security breach that compromised millions of members' passwords. This social site for job seekers and professionals is now said to be working with the FBI to investigate the theft of its 6.4 million member passwords. The investigation is still in its early stage and LinkedIn spokesman Hani Durzy revealed that they are still unsure whether the e-mail addresses corresponding to the hacked passwords were also stolen.

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Many experts believe that LinkedIn's stolen passwords had not been adequately secured. They further claim that the company hasn’t employed best practices to secure their website as used by other leading websites in the world. However, Hani Durzy points out that LinkedIn has already boosted the security of its database. "We place the highest value on the security of our members' data," he said. The company also doesn’t know whether any account has been taken over due to this security breach.  

Earlier this week, LinkedIn disclosed that a data breach had taken place that compromised the passwords of some of the social network's members. LinkedIn Engineer Vicente Silveira had confirmed on his website's blog that “some passwords were compromised and the company would continue to investigate the situation.” LinkedIn said that it had sent emails to members whose passwords were affected, explaining how to reset them, since they were no longer valid on the site. It has more than 161 million members worldwide, which comprises large number of professionals and job seekers. Majority of breaches are believed to lead to scam emails and account takeovers. The scam emails usually want the user to click on a link that would let the hackers monitor the user’s online credit card/bank details.

We have seen several security issues lately like the online dating site eHarmony’s user passwords being breached. Dating sites may have sensitive content, which could lead compromised members to embarrassment. Even Last.fm had asked its members to change their passwords after they came across a certain leak that may have resulted due to hacking of the site.