Information files from 500 million LinkedIn users are shared and sold on a hacker forum.
MADRID (Portaltic/EP).-A file of information from 500 million LinkedIn users has been shared and sold on a hacker forum, although it is not clear whether the data is updated or comes from a previous security breach.
The author of the post on the hacker forum shared a file containing data on the 2 million user accounts of the professional social network LinkedIn, which is another example of a larger file, this time 500 million users.
According to a Cybernews report, both files are available for sale and contain things such as the complete user name, its logo in social networks, email, phone number, work-related data, and even configuration with other networks Information such as links to files.
The Cybernews team confirmed that this was information from the platform, but could not determine whether it was updated information or from an old security breach. It also found no information deemed sensitive, such as bank details.
The author of the post sold the sample file at a forum credit price of $2, but it seems that the entire file was auctioned for four digits at the price of Bitcoin.
As a result of this leak, LinkedIn users whose information is displayed in files may eventually become victims of malicious activities via email or phone calls, and may also become victims of “phishing” (pretending to be a legitimate source). Cyber criminals can also try to access personal data.