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Data of 700 million LinkedIn users listed by hacker on dark web, company says no breach took place

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After a LinkedIn data-scraping incident impacted 500 million users in April, a new list has appeared online with the record of 700 million users.

As per analysts from Privacy Sharks, the data was found put up for sale on a popular hacker forum RaidForums. The post was by a hacker with the online alias “GOD User TomLiner.”

The data is reportedly lists under a for-sale ad with 700 million records included in the cache. Posted June 22, it includes 1 million records sample list as a “proof.”

As per Privacy Sharks researchers, the sample contained full names, gender, email addresses, phone numbers and industry information.

The origin of the data remains unclear, public profile scraping is believed to be the source.

The same technique was applied by hackers for the 500 million LinkedIn records that were posted for sale back in April. That data set, as per LinkedIn, included “publicly viewable member profile data” and “aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies.”

LinkedIn’s response

The social media company released a statement confirming that its networks had not been breached.

“This was not a LinkedIn data breach and our investigation has determined that no private LinkedIn member data was exposed. Scraping data from LinkedIn is a violation of our Terms of Service and we are constantly working to ensure our members’ privacy is protected,” said LinkedIn’s press statement.

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