A data breach has affected more than 100 million LinkedIn users.
A data breach has affected more than 100 million LinkedIn users. Bill North

Warning after LinkedIn data breach

A DATA breach has left more than 100 million members of the networking site LinkedIn vulnerable, according to police.

NSW Police have warned the public after personal information, including emails and passwords, were reportedly stolen.

LinkedIn users have been strongly advised to review their security settings and change their password.

Cybercrime Squad commander Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, warned users to be vigilant with their 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.”

Police recommended the following tips for cyber security:

  • Install security software and update it regularly.
  • Turn on automatic updates so all software receives the latest fixes.
  • Use a strong password and change it at least twice a year.
  • Stop and think before clicking on 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 can be reported online at www.acorn.gov.au and will be referred to the relevant policing jurisdiction.

Otherwise, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

For information on recognising scam or hoax emails or websites visit https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/internet/stay-smart-online.



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