A Russian hacker web forum, landing millions of accounts in danger of being cracked by a large set of linked passwords have reportedly been posted on the websites. In this regard, ¬ most passwords remain encrypted—the hackers who snatched away the data asked their colleagues to assist decipher the files. Nevertheless, the encryption is quite easy to break, so the users must prepare for the worst, password expert and consultant Per Thorsheim, told the Norwegian DN.no IT website. The name of the hacker site is unknown.
Thorsheim pointed out, “Once the passwords are deciphered, hackers will be able to log in and get access to any secret sources users have,”. “They could also send out fake messages or even expensive proposals. Distributing viruses is another option.”
The experts believe that Hackers might have chosen LinkedIn since its users often have much more power and resources than those of Facebook, Linked. Yet there no one has officially commented on the theft, but promised to look into the case via its Twitter account. “Our team continues to investigate, but at this time, we’re still unable to confirm that any security breach has occurred. Stay tuned here,”they wrote.
It is not the first security flaw detected within LinkedIn. Israeli security specialists have recently found out that the network’s new IOS mobile application is transmitting to the main server all user calendar entries. Those include details about meeting locations, participants, dial-in information, passwords and sensitive meeting notes.
This policy as specialists indicate violates IOS privacy guidelines that expressly prohibit any transmission of users’ data without their permission.
Founded in December 2002, with more than 150 million registered users LinkedIn is a social networking website mainly used for professional contacts. It is a multiple-language site in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, Czech and Polish.