Breach Brief – Was LinkedIn Hacked Again? and Carnival Was Hacked Again!
No one wants to admit that they have been hacked. Especially a company like LinkedIn that relies on users providing information to them for sharing and safe keeping. So are reports of a massive data breach at LinkedIn reliable and accurate?
Let’s first look at whats being reported. Now according to WeLiveSecurity.com this is the second time this year, hackers scraped data from LinkedIn accounts to the tune of hundreds of millions of LinkedIn users. The data has reportedly been offered for sale on a hacking forum. This time the load of user data topped the haul of 500 million LinkedIn user accounts put up for sale in April of this year. Try 700 million users!
Privacy Sharks broke the news that someone going by the moniker “GODUserTomLiner” offered the 700 million accounts on a popular hacking forum on June 22nd. Now this person claiming he has pretty much the entire LinkedIn userbase. If this true then LinkedIn cannot be happy!
“GODUserTomLiner” offered up a sample of 1 million records to prove he was for real. That data was analyzed by a Privacy Sharks team and they verified that the uploaded sample was indeed genuine LinkedIn data that included full names, gender, email addresses, phone numbers, and information about the users’ professional experience.
So how did this happen? According to RestorePrivacy this was a repeat performance of the breach back in April. The hacker apparently misused the official LinkedIn API to download the data.
So what does LinkedIn have to say? As part of their denial LinkedIn provided the following statement;
“While we’re still investigating this issue, our initial analysis indicates that the data set includes information scraped from LinkedIn as well as information obtained from other sources. This was not a LinkedIn data breach and our investigation has determined that no private LinkedIn member data was exposed. Scraping data from LinkedIn is a violation of our Terms of Service and we are constantly working to ensure our members’ privacy is protected.”
Most people only know Carnival Cruise for its cruise ship business but in reality it is a is a major corporation encompassing numerous industries and services. But reports are that the Cruise line was hit by a major data breach exposing many private details of both passengers and employees. What is really frightening is that the dat stolen included passport information, email addresses, and even social security numbers. You can always tell how bad a data breach is by the behavior of the company involved. In this case Carnival Corp has refused to give even an estimate of how many people have been affected by the leak. This does not look good and the stock price dropped significantly.
Like LinkedIn this is not the first time that Carnival has been hit with a major data breach. Try four times in the past 15 months! Each time the attack was slightly different but four times in 15 months is evidence that that their cyber security sucks!
In this attack the hackers encrypted part of a cruise line’s systems, then accessed the private information of customers and employees. Carnival Cruise has also refused to say whether or not it’s paid a ransom for the information, but make no mistake this was definitely a ransomware attack.