One of the biggest problems with data breaches is that it's difficult to measure the full effect of the fallout. Sometimes data breaches occur for months before they're detected. And even after they're detected, the scammers have collected a wealth of information that they can use for other scams.
This news story is evidence of how data breaches can cause problems long after they've been "controlled."
Back in 2012, LinkedIn fell victim to a massive data breach where passwords and logins were compromised. The issue was believed to have been contained, but recent reports indicate the situation was much larger than originally thought. Last week, investigators discovered that the breach impacted 117 million people - a number which is much higher than the seven million people originally reported. If you missed that story, you can read it here.
Now, it's believed that the information which was stolen from LinkedIn back in 2012 is causing an even bigger problem. The information has been sold online, and is leading to new scams.
In an effort to warn users about the possibility of new scams, LinkedIn issued the following email.
Subject: Important information about your LinkedIn account
This email is actually legitimate. The problem is that scammers have also noticed that the email is being sent out, and are now creating counterfeit emails.
These fake emails prompt users to update their account login information, including their password and the answers to their security questions. The scam is, of course, a phishing scam that is designed to trick you.
Please help us spread this word of warning to anyone who uses LinkedIn. If you receive an email from LinkedIn regarding the leak of this information, do not click on anything. It's best to update your login credentials by going to the LinkedIn site directly.
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