LinkedIn confirms cyber attack on Lynda.com

2024

Lynda.com which is a well known online professional learning portal is said to have become a recent victim of a data breach. As per our sources, a hacker managed to get into the database of the said company and succeeded in stealing info of more than 9.5 million customers.

The good news is that LinkedIn authorities who are carrying out a joint probe along with security experts from Lynda.com don’t believe that hack has also exposed passwords of its users.

But as a precautionary measure, the security experts at the online education company which offers courses in software, creative and business skills have decided to reset the passwords of more than 55,000 customers.

In an email sent to its customers on December 18th,2016,  Lynda.com has explained in brief on how the data breach has occurred and how it’s security experts are treating this unauthorized third party access.

The company which is now owned by popular professional social networking site LinkedIn has been producing video tutorials taught by industry experts since 1995.

To strike down the risk of cyber attack Lynda has suggested to proceed with the following steps

a.) First, change your password as soon as possible. And go with a password which is rich in Alpha-numeric characters topped with special signs and symbols.

b.) If you have unused accounts, ensure that they are closed.

c.) Beware of phishing scams and keep and eye on your bank accounts.

d.) Make sure that the email account which is associated with the said site has updated security settings

e.) Having a strong security software will isolate you against such digital threats in future.

Note- In the year 2015, LinkedIn purchased Lynda for $1.5 billion. The company is based in Carpinteria, California and has more than 500 employees on a worldwide note. It offers professional courses and training material in English, German, French, and Spanish languages through Video2brain.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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