LinkedIn has confirmed the rumors that some of its user passwords have been compromised. Some six million passwords have been said to be compromised, according to news sources this morning.
LinkedIn confirmed that some passwords have been compromised and said it would contact affected users with details on how to change their password.
Hackers posted a file containing encrypted passwords onto a Russian web forum.
Although usernames associated with the passwords were not released, the passwords themselves will surely be used to help reverse-engineer other cryptography systems. Some sources have revealed that we can also expect to see these passwords added to dictionary lists of programs that attempt to break into various accounts.
In other words — if you’re a LinkedIn user, no matter how strong your password seemed — it’s a good idea to go ahead and change it.