LinkedIn denies breach report, says scrap data is leaked information
Professional networking website LinkedIn (photo – istock)
- There were reports of LinkedIn members’ data being leaked.
- Data from 92% of 756 million users has been exposed in the new breach.
- LinkedIn denied that this data was scrapped.
Professional networking website LinkedIn has denied reports of the data leak, saying that the data recently put up for sale was “scraped” from LinkedIn and various other websites, as previously reported in its ‘April 2021 Scraping Update’ I went. The California, US-based tech company said that our teams have investigated a set of alleged LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale. We want to be clear that this is not a data breach and that no private LinkedIn member data was exposed.
Our preliminary investigation has found that this data was scraped from LinkedIn and various other websites and includes the same data that was reported earlier this year in our April 2021 scraping update. Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and no one can misuse our members’ data. When a member tries to take data and use it for purposes that LinkedIn and our members do not agree, we work to stop them and hold them accountable.
The statement was issued by LinkedIn after reports claimed that the data of more than 700 million, or 92% of its 756 million users, had been exposed in the new breach. The data leak, dubbed as scrapped data by professional networking website cum job portal, included personal details of LinkedIn users, including phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation data and estimated salaries. The data was put up for sale on the dark web with a sample set of 1 million for potential buyers.
According to reports, the samples in the latest leaks include information such as email addresses, full names, phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation records, LinkedIn username and profile URLs, estimated salaries, personal and professional experiences, background, gender and social media. Accounts and usernames of the affected users.
It was also reported that earlier in April, personal details of 500 million LinkedIn users such as email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, full names, account IDs, links to their social media accounts and gender details were leaked online by hackers. .
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