After Facebook, Microsoft-owned social network LinkedIn is facing a huge data leak of 500 million users that is allegedly leaked by cybercriminals. The LinkedIn profiles of the users have been for sale on a popular hacker forum.
What Do the Leaked Files Contain?
The leaked files contain email addresses, phone numbers, full names, gender, workplace details, account IDs, and links to users’ other social media accounts. All this data has been allegedly scraped by the hacker from LinkedIn. In a statement, LinkedIn said, “We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that have been posted for sale and have determined that it is an aggregation of data from many websites and companies”.
Major Statement of LinkedIn
In a major report, a LinkedIn spokesperson said that the data of the private members are safe. The scraped data only includes the information from the public members of LinkedIn. He further added, “Scraping our members’ data from LinkedIn violates our terms of service and we are constantly working to protect our members and their data”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The companies need to have ‘reasonable’ security to protect the user from harm. The spate of the data breach at LinkedIn is a reminder that the companies should be mandated to inform both the regulators and their users of the leak. The data breaches put a major focus on endpoint protection. So, the companies need to make the platforms secure.
- Data Breach has become a major issue nowadays. The Government must ensure a strict Data Protection Law so that the privacy rights of the users are protected. To protect sensitive information, Governments should proactively invest in cybersecurity.