One week ago — June 22nd, 2021 — a hacker posted the following advertisement:
I have 700 Million 2021 LinkedIn Records
We can use MM/Escrow
The hacker in question is listed as a “GOD user” on that particular hacker forum, and uses some sort of anime cartoon as an avatar. Because, of course he/she does.
According to a report from RestorePrivacy.com, who examined the sample provided by the hacker/seller, the data contains the following information:
- Email Addresses
- Full names
- Phone numbers
- Physical addresses
- Geolocation records
- LinkedIn username and profile URL
- Personal and professional experience/background
- Other social media accounts and usernames
That’s a lot of personal data. For 700 Million people.
This is the future we live in.
The reality is this: There is no way to stop these data breaches and leaks.
It simply is not possible.
The more complex and interconnected (and On-Line accessible) a system is, the more insecure it becomes. That’s simply a fact of basic engineering and there is absolutely no way to stop it.
As points of vulnerabilities and failures grow — such as using cloud hosting providers, centralized authentication systems, and increasingly complex software stacks — the number of such breaches will continue to grow.
Every engineer that has worked in software for more than a decade or two knows this is a fact.
If you have data in any On-Line service… expect it to eventually be sold on the black market, or simply posted online for all to see.
Ain’t the future neat?