On June 6, 2012, LinkedIn announced publicly that may have suffered from a security breach that compromised the passwords of many of its members. On June 9th, they confirmed that the security breach definitely occurred and may have effected up to 6.5 million users. They say they are working with the FBI to track down the criminals involved.
Information You Should Know About This Breach
LinkedIn says that they have disabled the passwords of members they believe to have been at risk.
LinkedIn does not believe that the actual accounts have been breached because of the stolen passwords.
According to Rapid7.com, many of the passwords that were cracked were simple words like “link”, “god”, “work” and number patterns like 1234.
If Your Password Has Been Disabled
As mentioned, LinkedIn has disabled the passwords on the accounts they believe have been breached. You should have received an email notification on how to reset your password.
NOTE: There are no links in this official email to help protect you from phishing attempts…you should never follow links in an email to reset your password if you didn’t specifically request it. Instead, if you got the email from LinkedIn. You should open your browser, go directly to LinkedIn.com and then follow the instructions on resetting your password.
If Your Password Has Not Been Disabled
Even if your password has not been disabled by LinkedIn, it’s still a good idea to change your password. Here is how to change your LinkedIn password: