After the issue of 1 billion Yahoo passwords leaked, another online platform fell victim to hack attacks just recently. Lynda.Com, one of the most trusted and leading training websites was hacked over the weekend. LinkedIn's learning skill unit is already on the move and has been reported to reset passwords of affected users.
Over 55,000 Personal Information Of Lynda.Com Users Were Hacked
In a statement posted on their portal, Lynda.Com briefly explained that the database includes some learning data of users such as contact information and courses. Though there are no evidence yet that any data were leaked, they decided to reset the passwords of almost 55,000 users out of an abundance of caution. These compromised passwords were cryptographically salted and hashed. Furthermore, the company assures that no credit card information was made publicly available.
Lynda.Com Is Taking The Necessary Measures Regarding This Cyberattack
After discovering that an unauthorized external party had accessed a database, Lynda.Com immediately took action to secure the accounts. According to PC World, Lynda has sent notice to 9.5 million users via email to notify them of the breach. Aside from these, the company is said to be working with the law enforcement, taking this matter seriously.
LinkedIn's Alleged Data Breach Issue In 2012
In May 2016, a hacker was said to be selling 167 million LinkedIn user records on the dark market website called TheRealDeal. There were probing reports that said that it may not be the first time that the professional networking portal experienced a data breach. Rumors said that about 6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords were accessed and posted on an online Russian forum in 2012.
The best thing Lynda.Com users should do right now is to check their accounts and reset their passwords to make sure that they don't face a serious problem of their personal information being leaked. Should they confirm of the possible breach, they can contact Lynda.Com's help center.