According to Mashable a Russian former user hacked into LinkedIn and has uploaded 6,458,020 encrypted passwords (without usernames) as proof of the hacking.
Linkedin have not confirmed the hacking and say they are investigating the issue. However, The real danger, for most of us is the phishing emails encouraging you to log in to LinkedIn and change your password. Don’t take any chances; ignore those emails and go direct to site instead.
If you can’t remember your password, click the forgot Password and LinkedIn will send a password reset to your registered email.
If you use the same password for other online sites it is probably best to change those also.
How to change your Password
- Go to www.linked.com
- Go to your profile page
- Click on your name
- Click on Settings
You don’t want to add to the avalanche of email updates telling you who has changed their password. Turn off your Broadcast settings, before changing your password.
Go to the Password area and change your Password
You will be prompted to type the old password and replace with a new password.
Don’t forget to turn back on your broadcast settings!