“Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords,” a statement on the company’s Twitter feed read. “Stay tuned for more.”
The report originated from a user on a Russian Web forum, who claimed to have downloaded the passwords of 6,458,020 LinkedIn members. Finish security firm CERT-FI has warned that hackers may have also had access to user email addresses, which are encrypted, according to ZDNet. Another site, SlashGear.com, has said that the hackers are currently “crowd-sourcing” in efforts to bypass the encryptions.
Though the hack has not been officially confirmed by LinkedIn, it affects less than 10% of the site’s 150 million plus users. Still, users have been advised to change their current passwords.