Yesterday we received notice that Gawker had been hacked and email addresses and passwords had been compromised. Today, we received about five emails from LinkedIn before 8 a.m. telling us they’d locked us out of the account until we’d done the forced re-set.
It only took about 30 seconds to do the re-set and now we have a new password to remember, but hey, it beats being hacked, right?
We recently sent you a message stating that your LinkedIn password had been disabled for security reasons. (Note: If you have more than one email registered with us, you will receive more than one password reset message. You only need to act on one of them.)
This was in response to a security breach on a different site, Gawker.com, where a number of usernames and passwords were exposed. We want to make sure those leaked emails and passwords were not being used to attack any LinkedIn members.
There is no indication that your LinkedIn account has been affected, but since it shares an email with the compromised Gawker accounts, we decided to ensure its safety by asking you to reset its password.
If you haven’t done that already, now is a good time to follow these steps:
Go to the LinkedIn website.
Click on “Sign In”.
Click on “Forgot Password?” and follow the directions on the website.
Please keep in mind that the best defense against these types of attacks is to have unique passwords for each site you use. You can always search our support site and our blog for more security tips.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we feel this action is in your best interest. Thanks for your immediate attention to our request.
LinkedIn Privacy Team
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