LinkedIn has refuted accusations of a data breach, claiming that the information put up for sale on the internet recently was “scraped” from the professional networking site cum employment portal and several other websites, as revealed in its ‘April 2021 scraping update.’
“Our investigators looked into a bundle of suspected LinkedIn data that hackers had advertised for sale. We want to be clear that this isn’t a data breach, and no private LinkedIn member information has been disclosed “In a statement, LinkedIn added.
“This data was taken from web scrapping from LinkedIn and other websites, according to our initial research, and includes the same material that we revealed earlier this year in our April 2021 scraping update. Members entrust their data to LinkedIn, and any misuse of that data, such as scraping, is a violation of LinkedIn’s terms of service. We work to stop anyone from taking member data and using it for LinkedIn reasons that our users haven’t agreed to, and we hold them accountable, “said the Silicon Valley-based software firm.
LinkedIn published the statement after various sources stated that a new breach had exposed the data of over 700 million (92 per cent) of its 756 million users.
According to sources, the data dump belted as scraped data contained personal information on LinkedIn members, including their physical addresses, phone numbers, inferred wages, and geolocation data.
On the Dark Web, users’ data was for sale, along with a “sample” set of 1 million records for potential buyers.
Hackers are also said to have leaked the personal information of 500 million LinkedIn users earlier this month.
The records included the users’ full names, phone numbers, email addresses, account numbers, gender information, and links to their social network sites.