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Hackers crowdsource help to crack nearly 6.5 million leaked LinkedIn passwords

Hackers crowdsource help to crack nearly 6.5 million leaked LinkedIn passwords

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05/03/2014

 
June 6, 2012 ,
Hackers crowdsource help to crack nearly 6.5million leaked LinkedIn passwords
Nearly 6.5 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords were posted to aRussian hacker siteaccording to Dagens IT.On June 5, the hackers linked to the 118MB hash and were crowdsourcing help to break theencryption.According to acache of this site,of 6,458,020 passwords hashed with SHA-1, 236,578 passwords had allegedly been cracked before thewebsite went down.
 
LinkedIn finally tweeted "Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords. Stay tuned for more."Then the company tweeted: 
 
LinkedIn claimed,"As of March 31, 2012, LinkedIn operates the world'slargest professional network on the Internet with 161 million membersin over 200 countries and territories." The Norwegian Center forInformation Security said to change passwords as soon as possible,reported NRK.Hopefully, people didn't reuse that password for othersocial networking or sensitive information sites. With over 900 LinkedIncontacts, Center Point Communications Director Mariann Schiefloe said  the password leak was like "losing my mobile phone."F-Secure's Mikko Hypponentold The Verge he thinks this is "a real collection," possibly "some sort of exploit on their web interface, butthere's no way to know."According toSlashGear,there is some speculation concerning usernames that match the SHA-1 unsalted password hashes. Norwegiansecurity professionals have suggested the usernames may be privatelyrevealed, may be used by the hackers for unofficial access, or may besold off on the underground.Per Thorsheim has received confirmation from many people that theyfound their password in the stolen list. In thethousands of tweets about the leaked LinkedIn passwords, others report their passwords were
not 
 on the list. Many people are stressing "change your LinkedIn passwordimmediately" and warning to get ready for spam and phishing emails.

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