May 27, 2016 @ 02:30 pm
The original LinkedIn 2012 data breach turns out to have been much larger than the estimated 6.5 million username and passwords that were stolen. In fact more than 117 million records were compromised. LinkedIn is sending emails to these users that they need to change their password (see below).
The bad guys, never letting a bad situation go to waste, have begun sending out LinkedIn-themed phishing attacks, which attempt to prey on your fear and confusion over this situation. These scams contain links to a fake LinkedIn login page. If you fall for this scam and log in on their fake page, your credentials will be stolen and your LinkedIn account compromised and/or your computer infected with malware.
If you receive an email that seems to come from LinkedIn, do not click anything and instead just go to LinkedIn using your browser and change your password. If your LinkedIn password matches your Auburn password, you should change your Auburn password immediately!
In case you want to get another layer of password protection, LinkedIn offers two-factor authentication by which you can have a one time numerical code sent to your smartphone each time you need to access your LinkedIn account.