Did you Change your Linked’in Passwords now?

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Just got to know like the famous social networking site Linked in passwords have been accessed unathorizedly.

Please change your passwords now.Do you think losing passwords is threat?

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Did you Change your Linked’in Passwords now?

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First of all, it is very unfortunate what has happened to the Social network Linkedin. Losing a password does pose a threat to the user as there are many password recovery software that have been created to deal with this particular situation. With all advancing technology, it has come with some repercussions including the fact that it gives intruders a chance to be able to break into almost any account that has limited security. This however is very minimal as many websites try as much as possible to ensure that there is ample security for everyone who opens an account.

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Did you Change your Linked’in Passwords now?

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In June 2012, about 6.4 or 6.5 million passwords from LinkedIn find its way to the web after an evident hacking. All users are still advised to change their LinkedIn password even if there are encrypted login details. One user from a Russian online forum has said that he has downloaded 6.46 million user hashed passwords from LinkedIn.

It is also possible that some 300,000 weaker passwords may have been broken already. It seems like several users have been seen contacting other fellow hackers to ask help in breaking the encryption. CERT-FI, a Finnish security firm, warned that hackers have possible access to email addresses though they appear to be unreadable because they are encrypted. See image.

One ZDNet reader said that he tried searching the cache and was able to find his password there. Reports said that those LinkedIn passwords were encrypted using the SHA-1 algorithm. The SHA-1 encryption method is known to have defects. LinkedIn has over 150 million users around the world and this password hacking only affects less than 5 percent of the overall number.

LinkedIn admitted that they suffered a breach that led to the leaked cache of user account details. Though they confirmed about the breach, they didn’t clarify how the hackers accessed the data.

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