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LinkedIn Hacked – Change Your Password!

Technical blogs are reporting that a database containing password information for 6.5m members of business social network LinkedIn has been accessed by Russian hackers. While the passwords are encrypted, it is being reported that weaker passwords have already been cracked. LinkedIn have yet to comment except for a Tweet from their official account to say they are investigating.

Once a password is decrypted, hackers would be able to access personal information stored on the site, including home address details and email addresses and more.

DMU staff that have accounts on LinkedIn are strongly advised to change their account passwords immediately. The Governance Team in ITMS has produced a document with advice on how to create and remember a strong password available from https://sites.google.com/a/myapps.dmu.ac.uk/isas/policies.

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