There has been much news related to the data breach in the recent times. One of the greatest data breaches of 2016 which has caught eyes of the world is the data breach of LinkedIn. It has been identified that in this data breach a hacker has stolen around 6.5 million passwords from the website which had been encrypted. After this it was posted on the Russian Crime Forum.
On this information the chief security officer of LinkedIn website, Cory Scott reacted and mentioned that the company has compromised with each and every account.
In order to take the required steps, the company has done in the invalidation of the passwords of each and every account which has been impacted. Each and every person has also been contacted by the person who has reset their passwords.
The security has been breached because of the fact that the passwords which have been used in the accounts lacked the “salting” security feature. Though, it was assumed that after the breach in 2012, LinkedIn begun to use the ‘salting’ feature for the purpose of security.
In order to stay more and more protected, it is important for the users of LinkedIn to ensure that they keep their passwords updating in the regular manner. In addition to this, they also required to have the implementation of the two factor authentication (Shaver, 2016). This is such a security feature which has proved to be very useful. It sends the security code to the user’s phone in order to Login to his profile.