The sale of the data was first reported Tuesday by cybersecurity news and research website CyberNews, which said the archive includes user IDs, names, email addresses, phone numbers, gender, occupation names and links to social profiles. Other social media were auctioned off on the forums for a four-figure sum.
According to LinkedIn, the database for sales “is actually a collection of information from various websites and companies.” Data from LinkedIn users includes only information that people listed publicly on their profile, a professional social media site, which. Owned Microsoft (MSFT)It said in a statement on Thursday.
7;s personal member account information is not included in what we can verify,” the company said.
The news comes just days after a separate incident in which information scraped from more than 500 million Facebook users in 2019, including phone numbers, birthdays, emails and other information was resumed. Public on websites used by hackers Although this type of information is less sensitive – credit card details or social security numbers -. But information like phone numbers can still be exploited by adversaries, including robocall scams.
LinkedIn has more than 675 million members, according to the site, which means about three-quarters of its users’ data may be included in the database.
Social media companies provide scraper protection tools – LinkedIn on their detailed terms page. “Technical and preventive measures” against such violations – but they are not always effective.
The company says “misusing our member information, such as copying”, is in violation of our Terms of Service, which prohibits third-party software, bots, browser extensions or plugins that scrape data from the site.
“When anyone attempts to obtain member information and use it for LinkedIn purposes and our members do not agree, we will stop them and hold them accountable,” LinkedIn said in a statement.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it warns users that the data has been copied and included in the database for sale.