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Not 6.5 million, but 117 million LinkedIn users compromised

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Users of the professional networking service LinkedIn were being warned to change their passwords, after it emerged the email addresses and matching passwords of more than 100 million users could be for sale online.

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It's understood the information was taken during a high-profile security breach at LinkedIn in 2012. At the time, it was thought the details of 6.5 million users was stolen, but it now appears up to 117 million users had their data compromised.

"It is only coming to the surface now," said a spokesperson for LeakedSource, speaking to Vice's technology news service Motherboard.

LeakedSource, a searchable online database for data breaches, claims to have details of what was stolen in the LinkedIn breach.

"People may not have taken it very seriously back then as it was not spread," the spokesperson added.

"To my knowledge, the database was kept within a small group of Russians."

A hacker is advertising what he says is more than one hundred million LinkedIn logins for sale. The IDs were reportedly sourced from a breach four years ago, which had previously been thought to have included a fraction of that number.

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