A collection containing data about more than 700 million users, believed to have been scraped from LinkedIn, was leaked online this week after hackers previously tried to sell it earlier this year in June.
The collection, obtained by The Record from a source, is currently being shared in private Telegram channels in the form of a torrent file containing approximately 187 GB of archived data.
The Record analyzed files from this collection and found the data to be authentic, with data points such as:
- LinkedIn profile names
- LinkedIn ID
- LinkedIn profile URL
- Location information (town, city, country)
- Email addresses
While the vast majority of the data points contained in the leak are already public information and pose no threat to LinkedIn users, the leak also contains email addresses that are not normally viewable to the public on the official LinkedIn site.