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LinkedIn resets 55,000 member passwords, warns 9.5 million users

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December 19, 2016

Lynda.com, the official training division of LinkedIn, issued two days ago email notices to about 55,000 members whose data it says has been compromised by an unauthorized third party.

The letter sent to members reads as follows: ``We recently became aware that an unauthorized third party breached a database that included some of your Lynda.com learning data, such as contact information and courses viewed. We are informing you of this issue out of an abundance of caution. Please know that we have no evidence that this data included your password. And while we have no evidence that your specific account was accessed or that any data has been made publicly available, w?ewanted to notify you as a precautionary measure.``

We asked LinkedIn when the security breach was detected, when it occurred and how many people were impacted. We're still waiting for an answer.

The company offered a statement penned by an un-named spokesperson, re-stating news of the security breach and offering the following:

``As a precautionary measure, we reset passwords for the less than 55,000 Lynda.com users affected and are notifying them of the issue. We’re also working to notify approximately 9.5 million Lynda.com users who had learner data, but no protected password information, in the database. We have no evidence that any of this data has been made publicly available and we have taken additional steps to secure Lynda.com accounts.``

Earlier this year, LinkedIn downplayed the sale of 117 million user records, which is a trivial number compared to the billion users Yahoo last week admitted it had lost, probably as a result of management fearing a costly and complex encryption re-tooling effort.

Source: LinkedIn.

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