Special offer: data from 500 million LinkedIn accounts starting at just $ 2! (Updated)

A new hacker attack hits LinkedIn profiles this time

We talk more and more often about digital security and unfortunately just as frequently as this is hacked: first with the attacks on Microsoft Exchange servers, then those that affected 533 million Facebook users. Today we continue on this path, reporting a new blow, this time inflicted on LinkedIn : the data of well 500 million of users have been stolen, but that's not all.

Through a forum, it seems it is possible to browse these data upon payment of a negligible amount: for only $ 2 , you will be able to access a sample of data of 2 million of profiles, while starting from prices at 4 digits the purchase of the entire database of accounts will be available.

Once again we are shown the fallacy of digital security systems, but this does not lead to fewer people entrusting own data to websites. We talked about it just a few days ago in our Podcast, but, once again, we would be interested to know your opinion about it: use protection systems for yours password? Are you trying to protect yourself in some way or are you not so worried that your data could leak on the net?

Update April 15, 2021

The situation does not seem willing to improve, but it is taking on traits bordering on the grotesque: a recent update reports a significant increase in the number of hacked accounts whose information would be available upon payment.

At the moment the data of 827 million users is on sale for the modest sum of $ 7,000, but the most interesting part is that at the moment Linkedin has less than 750 million active users, so within these databases there must be some duplicates, or in any case old and deactivated profiles.

The hacking system used has also been clarified: by exploiting the information that can be viewed, pertinent job proposals are sent to the accounts which, in reading them, are 'often come across the n a zip file containing, in theory, more information or a “gift”. Except that the gift turns out to be a Trojan that goes to infect the system, reporting all information back to the hackers.