LinkedIn hacked, police urge users to change their passwords now

Police are urging members of the public to change their LinkedIn passwords after the social media network was hacked and the data of more than 100 million users potentially compromised.

The NSW Police Force issued a statement on Friday afternoon, warning everyone to be aware of the security breach.

“Personal information including emails and passwords have reportedly been stolen and users are strongly advised to review their personal security settings, including changing their LinkedIn password,” police said in the statement.


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Commander of the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Superintendant Arthur Katsogiannis, says vigilance is the key when it comes to cyber security.

“Personal information is incredibly valuable to criminals who can use that information to access your financial accounts or set up fake identities, which are then used to commit other crimes,” he said.

“We recommend that members of the community be mindful of the information they make available online.

“While our reliance on technology has created a raft of new opportunities for criminals, we can greatly reduce the probability of becoming a victim by taking a few extra steps.”

Below are simple tips to help people improve their online security:

  • Install security software and update it regularly.
  • Turn on automatic updates so that all your software receives the latest fixes.
  • Get a stronger password and change it at least twice a year.
  • Stop and think before you click on links or attachments.
  • Stop and think before you share any personal or financial information – about yourself, your friends or family.
  • Know what your children are doing online. Make sure they know how to stay safe and encourage them to report anything suspicious.

Cybercrime reports can be made online at www.acorn.gov.au, with reports referred to the relevant policing jurisdictions in Australia. Reports of crime can also be made to any police station or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Stay Smart Online has information on recognising scam or hoax emails or websites at www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/internet/stay-smart-online.