Massive LinkedIn data breach. Because that is the future we live in.

One week ago — June 22nd, 2021 — a hacker posted the following advertisement:

Hi

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
  • Genders
  • 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?

Bryan Lunduke

Former Deputy Editor for Linux Journal magazine. Former Technology Journalist for Network World. Former VP of Technology. Former Linux Marketing Director. Former Dishwasher.