LinkedIn has had a very bad start to 2021. First reported in April by the world's largest media, including CNN, data from the service's 500 million users went on sale. Just two months later, an offer was made to purchase a bundle with data from 700 million accounts, or 92 percent of LinkedIn users. The price of this data, which contains the information of almost a billion people , was announced as only $ 5,000 .

What Data Was Stolen From LinkedIn?

  • E-Mail Information;
  • Name Information;
  • Phone Number Information;
  • Housing Address Information;
  • Geolocation Information;
  • User Login and Profile Information;
  • Professional Experience and Education Information;
  • Gender Information;
  • All Linked Social Media Account Usernames

As LinkedIn stated in an official statement, no private user data was stolen and there were no security breaches. So how did such detailed information end up in the hands of hackers? Well, these were public and it was the users themselves who posted them.

RestorePrivacy did a study and found that hackers scraped data from LinkedIn using its API, which is a legitimate channel for communication with external apps or plugins on websites. The data obtained in this way was augmented with information from other sources. The authors from RestorePrivacy contacted the seller and learned that the data package was selling for $5,000.