LinkedIn Denies Data Breach Exposing 700 Million Users’ Profile
An American business and employment-oriented online service LinkedIn has denied reports of an alleged data breach, saying the data put up for sale online recently was “scraped” from the professional networking website cum job portal and several other internet sites as reported previously in its ‘April 2021 scraping update’.
“Our teams have investigated a set of alleged LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale. We want to be clear that this is not a data breach, and no private LinkedIn member data was exposed,” LinkedIn said in a statement.
“Our initial investigation has found that this data was scraped from LinkedIn and various other websites and includes the same data reported earlier this year in our April 2021 scraping update. Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and any misuse of our members’ data, such as scraping, violates LinkedIn’s terms of service. When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes LinkedIn and our members haven’t agreed to, we work to stop them and hold them accountable,” added the California-headquartered tech company.
LinkedIn is still investigating the issue.