Aside from sending you countless email notifications LinkedIn is really good at something else: getting hacked.
Apparently, their system was breached back in 2012. Originally they thought the damage was around seven-million accounts and now the number is closer to 117-million accounts. As for why they’re saying something now – it’s because the passwords just hit the black market. In other words: your info is potentially being sold to the highest bidder. Right now.
A LinkedIn Spokesperson confirmed that they’re looking into this huge breach and are contacting people who were affected. Which will probably be everyone that has ever had an account. For the record, if you’re wondering what your info is worth, we have the answer. The hacker in question is reportedly asking for just $2,200. This guy is the Dollar Store of hacked social media accounts.
And one more thing: Troy Hunter, a security expert for Vice Motherboard, says the guy might be lying but don’t count on it. In the hacker business – reputation is everything.