Researchers at Cyber News have found a database of 500 million LinkedIn users on a hacker forum. The service representative confirmed the existence of the data collected from the platform, but the company assured that this information is publicly available, and the database includes data from a number of sites.
“While we are still investigating this issue, the published database appears to include public information obtained from LinkedIn, combined with data aggregated from other websites or companies,” a LinkedIn spokesperson told Insider .
The social network also released a statement , which emphasizes that the incident is not a data leak from LinkedIn, and the data of the private accounts of users of the service did not get into the database.
The database itself contains names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, field, and other information.
According to Cyber News, the hacker estimated the complete database at a four-digit sum, presumably in bitcoins.
Earlier, on one of the hacker forums, the personal data of more than 533 million Facebook users were published .