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117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords from a 2012 hack just got posted online

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A hacker known as “Peace” is selling account information from millions of LinkedIn users.  The stolen data includes email addresses and passwords that were encrypted with “no salt”, meaning they are more easily cracked.  In fact, a report by Motherboard states that 90% of the passwords were cracked within 72 hours, and several of the victims were still using their same password from 2012.  A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and there are several steps you can take to lower the risk of being hacked.  Among other things, a password should be at least eight characters of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols.  It should also be changed periodically and should not be reused for at least a year.  By creating strong passwords, you can greatly reduce the chance that your personal or financial information will be stolen.  

5/18/2016

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Tech Crunch

A LinkedIn hack from back in 2012 is still causing problems for its users. The company announced this morning that another data set from the hack, which contains over 100 million LinkedIn members’ emails and passwords, has now been released. In response to this new data dump, LinkedIn says it’s working to validate the accounts and contact affected users so they can reset their passwords on the site.