News that an unknown individual leaked what appeared to be a batch of 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords on a Russian forum and asked for help in decrypting them spread like fire yesterday, and the users of the popular professional social network have been urged to change their passwords.
It has been a tough 24 hours for LinkedIn. First they were accused of storing users' potentially confidential private and business information on the company servers without their knowledge, and then it has been discovered that a batch of what are allegedly the LinkedIn passwords of some 6.5 million users was published on a Russian forum.
The LinkedIn mobile app for iOS devices has been discovered sending potentially confidential private and business information to the company servers without the users' knowledge.
Although the majority of people (71 percent) are worried about the amount of personal information held online, a significant proportion would still share confidential information with people they didnít know, with almost a third (32 percent) stating they would send a password, bank account number or their motherís maiden name via email or a social networking website, say the result of a recent Faronics survey exploring UK web usersí attitudes to online security.
During March 2012, GFI Labs documented several spam attacks and malware-laden email campaigns infiltrating usersí systems under the guise of communications purporting to be from well-known companies and promotions for popular products and services.
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