Russian Hackers Use LinkedIn To Exploit Users For Financial Gain
This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry
When hackers stole millions of encoded LinkedIn passwords yesterday, it was unclear what their end-goal was for the illegal act. Now we know that those criminal hackers used the news of the breach to trick unsuspecting users into downloading malware, which can be used to extract their financials. Shortly after the breach had surfaced, LinkedIn users began to receive e-mails from what looked like LinkedIn. The e-mail had asked users to confirm their e-mail address by clicking on an embedded link. The link took users to scam websites like an illegal online pharmaceutical website.
Security researchers had confirmed that those e-mails were scams and they advise users to avoid from clicking on any links in e-mails from LinkedIn. They also said to visit LinkedIn directly by typing LinkedIn.com in the browser. You should also change your password.