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LinkedIn Security Issue from 2012 Recently Resurfaced

Author: ITS

Posted on Jun 8, 2016

Category: General Interest , IT Security Alerts

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LinkedIn’s 2012 security breach has recently come back to haunt us. Last month, LinkedIn officials became aware that the data stolen in the breach – including email addresses, hashed passwords, and member IDs – was being made available online.

They have responded to the incident by invalidating all account passwords that have remained unchanged since the breach in 2012, and providing reassurance that significant steps have been taken to strengthen account security since then.

LinkedIn appears to be doing their part to eliminate any chances of a similar issue occurring once this one is behind us. For further insurance, they are recommending that all current and future members visit LinkedIn’s Safety Center to learn about securing your account and to change your password if it has not been done recently.

Building an impressionable LinkedIn profile has been highly encouraged of students and others striving for professional success—it can be appealing to potential employers and its business-oriented networking environment can open up a variety of new opportunities. It is important that we all work together to ensure that we can safely benefit from its services!

Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff. Protect UNB. It is a good idea to update all of your passwords regularly and to ensure that your passwords are providing you with adequate protection. Check out Microsoft’s tips for creating a strong password and visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity to familiarize yourself with more safe computing techniques.