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Stolen Passwords from LinkedIn Surfaced on the Web

Not even a days passed after the attack when it was found out that passwords were stolen from the online professional network LinkedIn. The company announced in a blog entry that affected users would be informed by e-mail, and that their old passwords have been disabled.

According to media reports, nearly 6.5 million passwords turned up on a Russian website. These were reportedly “hashed” – that is, obscured by an algorithm. There is no real encryption, so that they can be recovered with little effort.

LinkedIn operators had to justify themselves after experts discovered that the network’s smart phone app uploaded user information on an unsafe server. “This will not happen again in future,” announced LinkedIn.

The online network that is used primarily for business contact has a total of more than 150 million members.