Professional networking platform LinkedIn has denied reports of a data breach that allegedly puts the data of more than 700 million users at risk. Our teams have investigated a batch of purported LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale, and we want to be clear that this is not a data breach and no LinkedIn member data has been disclosed, the company said in a note posted on its website.
Our initial investigation found that this data is from LinkedIn and various other websites and includes the same data that was reported earlier this year in our April 2021 update.
Earlier this week, RestorePrivacy reported that a hacker owned 700 million records and posted a sample of one million records on a popular hacking forum. The records consisted of information such as phone numbers, physical addresses, geo-location data, LinkedIn usernames, professional background, inferred salaries, etc., and indicated that Sample data appeared updated from 2020 to 2021.
This follows a similar LinkedIn data leak in April of this year that allegedly affected 500 million accounts. The leaked data consists of publicly viewable user information such as full names, email addresses, phone numbers, and workplace information, among others.