Today is not the best of all days for LinkedIn. After it had been reported that their iOS app is violating user privacy by sending detailed calendar entries to its servers, it now has been reported that a Russian hacker has hacked LinkedIn, and downloaded 6.46 million passwords and usernames. As a proof, the hacker has posted the full list (luckily without usernames) on a forum. The passwords appear to be encrypted with the SHA-1 cryptographic hash function, which is in general considered to be relatively safe, and is also used in SSL and TLS. However, the encrypted passwords are stored as unsalted hashes, which makes it relatively easy to decipher them by any trained attacker.
So, what’s next? LinkedIn is looking into the issue they say, but, our advice? Change your LinkedIn password!
Don’t know how?
Well, in the upper right corner you have your name (assuming you are already logged in), if you hover over your name, you will get a drop down with “settings”.
Click that link.
This will bring you to your profile page settings.
On this page, under your profile picture and your name you will see “Password Change” Click on “Change”
Type your old password
Choose a new password and type it twice
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