A hacker is selling 167 million LinkedIn user records
A hacker is trying to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users.
The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users.
According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have over 433 million registered members.
Troy Hunt, the creator of Have I been pwned?, a website that lets users check if they were affected by known data breaches, thinks that it’s highly likely for the leak to be legitimate. He had access to around 1 million records from the data set.