Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data
A security researcher with GDI foundation has found eight unprotected databases exposing 60 million records of LinkedIn user data. In addition to LinkedIn profile information, the data includes the email address of users, even of those who have configured their LinkedIn privacy settings so that only their direct connections can view it. Because of this, it is unclear how the information was obtained.
The owner of the databases has not been identified, but LinkedIn believes “a third-party company exposed a set of data aggregated from LinkedIn public profiles as well as other, non-LinkedIn sources.” LinkedIn says it has found no evidence indicating that it has suffered a data breach.