Hacker Leaks 35 Million Scraped LinkedIn User Records
A LinkedIn database, holding the personal information of over 35 million users, was leaked by a hacker operating under the alias USDoD. The database was leaked on the infamous cybercrime and hacker platform, Breach Forums. It is important to note that USDoD is the same hacker responsible for breaching the FBI’s security platform InfraGard last year and disclosing the personal details of 87,000 of its members. The hacker confirmed in a post on Breach Forums that the most recent LinkedIn database was obtained through web scraping. Web scraping is an automated process utilized by software to extract data from websites, primarily for gathering specific information from web pages. Regarding the contents of the data, as observed by Hackread.com, the database predominantly comprises publicly available information from LinkedIn profiles, containing full names and profile bios. Although the database contains millions of email addresses, it’s a relief to note that no passwords are included in the leaked data.