A hacker alleges that he’s uploaded nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords with some users saying they’ve discovered their passwords on a list somewhere on the Internet. Not quite sure what that means specifically, but we know one thing: change your passwords people!
Your attempt to take this advice could be hampered by the swarm of people trying to do the same thing. Some users are reporting issues with the password reset function.
LinkedIn has tweeted that it’s looking into the issue. ZDNet notes, “This apparent hack could affect less than 10 percent of its user base, but it will strike a damaging blow to the ‘professional’ social network’s reputation.” LinkedIn has 150 million users.
And that’s not all!
There are also questions about whether the professional networking service’s iOs app for the iPad and iPhone is collecting data about you — calendar information, meeting notes, and other details — and sending it to the servers. Apple said it would correct this, but in the meantime, LinkedIn emphasizes that information is collected through an opt-in system.
On its blog, the network goes into further detail about what it does and doesn’t do with user data. Among the dos: send calendar data to the server when the app is launched. Don’ts: store the information on their servers.
“We deeply care about our members trust so I want to provide clarity around what we do, don’t do, and outline ways we are going to make a great feature even better,” write Joff Redfern, LinkedIn’s mobile product head.
*Update: LinkedIn says some passwords were indeed compromised. Those unfortunate members will receive an email with instructions to reset their passwords. More info here.