Let’S move on a russian hacking group rocked online network linkedin this week by publishing almost six and a half million user passwords to the site. The scam has exposed security lapses at linkedin. It’S also, though, having potential impact right here in moscow lindsay. France is across the story: she’s got the details for us lindsay good evening um. So if you could just bring us up to date, please, and how does the situation stand now?
Well, with these uh, these leaked passwords what you could get according to various uh security experts, is the corresponding usernames being published as well, apparently for hackers who are willing to go as far as digging in getting these this information and then publishing them uh it could It could very well be that the user names are not far behind. So one of the things that’s being talked about is going in if you’re on linkedin and changing those passwords now uh for most expats uh linkedin is something they’ve been a part of for a long time. In fact, in russia there’s many many thousands of people who are a part of this, it’s a business, social networking site. It’S not really like facebook, where you just basically talk about your social life for personal things. This is about your profession.
This is about your job, so many recruiters from from large corporations, small businesses, people looking for work, use this. They post their resumes, it’s a very unique website, and so uh. What’S, what’s really important is for the for anyone who has an account to go on there and go ahead and change that password now, not only that, but linkedin is sending emails to the the members whose information has been breached to the security breach is affecting them And they will be sending out emails, but not with any links. So if you do receive an email with a link, don’t click on it, because those very hackers can then can be sending you that email based on the information, your account. So that’s what you’ve got to be got to be uh, careful of is actually getting an email.
That is supposed to be. That says it’s from linkedin that it’s going to help. You fix your password and it’s not that’s one big thing to watch out for if you’re, a member, okay, good advice, i mean linkedin, it really is it’s a it’s a big website, it’s a well-known website and uh, and might i say quite reputable – and i presume That that’s left a lot of the members feeling pretty shocked at how this could happen. One of the issues with with this situation is that the company hasn’t actually released a lot of information of how the attack came about now. One thing that has been released in various media reports is that it seems that linkedin’s security, it was using uh, was somewhat outdated and we actually talked to an expert at kaspersky labs here in moscow to find out why?
Some of why hackers were able to get in to this system and and why russia in particular, is, is so easily attacked in this manner. It was quite surprising that linkedin was using such basic data encryption as all the technologies for better security are in place. Unfortunately, it takes a breach like this to break the news. Russia is the most attacked country in the u.s and europe.
Better legislation obliges organizations to spend more money on security. This is only starting in russia. Many banks here don’t want to spend money on introducing better transaction security. It’S weird, as the banks should be the very first to worry about their money. Not only that, but security experts also say that sites like linkedin that have a lot of your professional information.
It’S incredibly valuable to hackers, because once they get any information that they can use to contact you like, say your email address, if you’re receiving an email from someone who appears to be on your contact list or is even a very well-known business, associate you’re very likely To respond to that in a very timely manner, so these systems aren’t exactly difficult for hackers to get into and they can reach you very easily, because so much of your professional life is online and it’s very important to most of the active users on linkedin. So that’s why hackers are so attracted to a big site like this, so it’s very important to watch out, keep a very complicated password and, above all, go on the site as soon as possible and change it yeah. I would presume there are quite a few people who are a little bit nervous now, lindsey, what sort of reactions did surface from linkedin users? Well, i have an account myself and i went on just before this live and i checked out what discussions were most popular. If this gives you any clue about the type of users that go to this site, the most popular discussion wasn’t about the security breach.
It was about china cutting interest rates, so if that gives you any idea of it wasn’t which bans bans are the coolest out there. You know who’s watching what movies this week and it’s not like a social networking site. It’S all business they’re talking about china, cutting those interest rates now, if you’re bored at work, here’s something i recommend that has to do with this linkedin breach. Buzzfeed website has checked out the list of published uh of published information, and they have chosen the top rankings of passwords that are the most depressing number one seems to be hate. My job followed by hopeless and any job now buzzfeed recommends that uh for business professionals with passwords like this number one change your password and number two get some help, so that is uh.
One kind of diverting thing that has come in come out of this situation, but other than that get on. There change your password as quickly as possible, uh, because you’ve got a lot of information on there. A lot of important business context. You do not want to be spammed and i read somewhere that the silliest password and the easiest to hack is password password. Ah people do that sound advice, okay, lindsey!
Thank you very much. Thank you. Are you um on linkedin? I’M not. To be honest, i don’t consider myself a professional i’m feeling like a failed professional now or not a professional at all, the fact i’m not on there, but well we’re not we’re, not professional, but no one stole anything from us right.
That’S true see i’m just thinking now an identity fraud. Maybe they could make use of that as well as you’ve got kind of a lot of personal details on there. They’Ve probably got like phone numbers or your previous like jobs and addresses stuff like that and yeah. I could pretend to be a certain person who had this experience and had this job and talk about my life. I don’t know how that’s an advantage.
I can use all the photos of you that are sort of circling there in the internet online and put up a facebook page and pretend i’m you yeah it’s. Actually. That is quite a nasty thing yeah. I could do that because i have your phone number as well. Yes, okay!
Well, it’s a dark, a dark side to the internet. I mean it’s got many benefits, obviously, but some of you nasty bits make sure you change your password. If you are on linkedin and remember to keep it difficult, the days of one number in an all letters password are gone. Absolutely longer. You