Computer security experts discovered files with some 6.4 million scrambled passwords on Tuesday, which they originally suspected belong to LinkedIn members because some of the passwords included the phrase “LinkedIn,” said Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant with British computer security software maker Sophos.
When Sophos dug further, it turned out that other passwords found in the list belonged to Sophos employees who only used them to secure their LinkedIn accounts, he said. But it is possible that all or just some of those 6.4 million passwords belong to LinkedIn members, Cluley added.
The data was found on underground websites where criminal hackers frequently exchange stolen information, including scrambled passwords.
Following Path and Twitter, some other big names in mobile applications are coming under fire for scanning and possibly storing address book information from a user’s phone. Those names, as The Daily reports, includes Facebook, Instagram and Angry Birds. [The Daily]