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LinkedIn security tips

Social networking website LinkedIn has provided these security tips following the reported theft of almost 6.5 million passwords. See the full statement here.

  • Never change your password by following a link in an email
  • Change your account passwords every few months
  • Don’t use the same password on all the sites you visit
  • Don’t use a word from the dictionary
  • Never give your password to others or write it down

LinkedIn confirms 'accounts compromised' by theft

LinkedIn has provided an update on the reported theft of almost 6.5 million passwords. The social media website said it is "continuing to investigate" but that it has put measures in place for "the compromised accounts". A statement said:

We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously.

Users affected by the theft will find that their password is no longer valid. They will receive an email explaining how to reset their passwords, but are warned not to do this by following any links in emails. LinkedIn did not say how many accounts were compromised.

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LinkedIn users warned about spam emails

Experts are advising LinkedIn users to watch out for scam emails that appear to be from the social networking site.

Adrian Chen from the Gawker website said the spam emails are likely to be slightly different in appearance. You should not give away any login details.

Users have also been advised to change their password to something unique, that they are not using on any other website. The nakedsecurity blog provides a guide on how to do this.

'LinkedIn password theft did not include email addresses'

A consultant at IT security and data protection firm Sophos has said that the leak of six million passwords from LinkedIn does not include the associated email addresses.

But he warned that it is "reasonable to assume that such information may be in the hands of the criminals". He advised the following:

All LinkedIn users [should] ... change their passwords as soon as possible as a precautionary step. Of course, make sure that the password you use is unique - in other words, not used on any other websites - and that it is hard to crack.

– Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos

LinkedIn users advised to change password

Social networking website LinkedIn has advised its users to "stay tuned" while it investigates reports that more than six million passwords have been stolen.

Internet experts have advised users to change their security details immediately after a file containing 6.5 million passwords was posted online.

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Soca website still down

Soca have confirmed that their website continues to be offline following a hacking attempt.

A spokesman stressed that the attack did not pose any operational threat.

The action was taken to limit the impact of a DDOS attack on other clients hosted by our service provider.

Soca's website contains only publicly available information and does not provide access to operational material.

DDOS attacks cause temporary inconvenience to website visitors but they do not pose any security risk to the organisation.

Soca does not consider it to be a proportionate response, or a responsible use of taxpayers' money, to maintain excessive bandwidth on the off-chance of a DDOS attack on a public-facing website.

No security risk from SOCA cyber attack

Soca deny the cyber attack posed any security risk Credit: Soca

A Soca spokesman said the distributed denial of service attack (DDOS), which involves web addresses being hit by a flood of visits, did "not pose any security risk to the organisation".

Previous DDOS attacks have been linked to the loose-knit international "hacktivist" group Anonymous.

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