Nearly 6.5 Million LinkedIn Passwords Reportedly Stolen

“Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords,” the business networking website LinkedIn confirms, after word of a Russian hacker’s claim to have stolen nearly 6.5 million users’ passwords.

The Verge, a tech-focused publication that was among the first to report the news, says “there is a possibility that this could be a hoax, but several people have said on Twitter that they found their real LinkedIn passwords as hashes on the list.”

The standard advice applies: change your password.

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