LinkedIn has suffered a massive data breach affecting 700 million people. In total, 92% of LinkedIn users are reportedly affected by this breach. The data exposed is significant and includes:
- full names
- phone numbers
- home addresses
- geolocation data
- salary expectations
- LinkedIn usernames and profiles
- Other social media account details (including usernames)
Anyone using LinkedIn should now take steps to protect themselves from phishing and fraud attempts as the data is up for sale on the dark web. As details relating to other accounts has also been compromised, all LinkedIn users should change their passwords on any related sites immediately.
The hacker behind the breach has shared a sample of the database which contains 1 million records from between 2020 and 2021. This sample has been authenticated and proves that the stolen information is genuine and up to date.
A history of data protection failures
This is not the first time that the business networking site has experienced a data breach. In April 2021, LinkedIn confirmed another data breach affecting 500 million subscribers. However, on that occasion LinkedIn said that it had not experienced a breach but rather the information was gathered by someone scraping its network. In addition, in May 2016, LinkedIn had 164 million email addresses and passwords exposed. The data was put up for sale on the dark web in 2016, some four years after the platform was originally hacked.
How to keep safe after the LinkedIn data breach
To protect your data, we recommend that you take the following steps as a matter of urgency:
- Review the privacy settings of all the apps and social media sites you use to ensure these are robustly set up.
- Change your passwords on LinkedIn, any accounts that share the same password, and your other social media accounts (make sure these are strong and unique to each account).
- Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible.
- Do not accept new connections from unknown people on LinkedIn or Facebook.
For additional data security advice, with tips on how to protect yourself from further harm after a privacy violation, click here.
Can you make a LinkedIn data breach claim?
Given the nature of the data exposed in this breach, and the amount of people affected, it is possible that a no-win, no-fee group action data breach claim will be launched against LinkedIn. To find out if you can join such a claim, register with Keller Lenkner UK today. Once signed up, we will keep you updated as developments unfold, and let you know when a claim can be officially launched against LinkedIn.
There are no costs to register and no obligation to proceed.