LinkedIn hacked and 6.5 mil passwords leaked – Check if your password is on the list
As it was reported all over the news today linkdln.com hacked by Russian hackers and 6.5 millions passwords were posted online.
The passwords were uploaded online in a 270mb text file via https://disk.yandex.net.(Mirrors pastebin.com or pastie.org) You can check if your password is in that list by first creating your password in SHA-1 format and then check the txt file for it.
There are many online SHA-1 generators, in case you are unable to find you can use this one http://www.sha1.cz
The company in an earlier message posted on twitter, said they are investigate the claims and it is advised to change your passwords ASAP
Update: More info on the hack via Linkedin blog
We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:
Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously. If you haven’t read it already it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password and other account security best practices.