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LinkedIn slow to warn users of password breach

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When news broke last week of a hack of some 6.5 million passwords from LinkedIn, we at V3 were interested to see if anyone of us had been affected and how the company would deal with the incident.

First impressions weren't good as the company took several hours to issue any kind of formal response to growing media speculation about the breach which did nothing to reassure users of the site.

The firm eventually confirmed it was investigating an incident in a statement but on logging on the site there was no message or alert relating to the incident, no doubt meaning many users were left in the dark as to the best course of action.

The firm did say, though, that it would be alerting those affected to the breach and urging them to change their passwords.

However, it appears wasn't until Saturday, a full three days after the breach was first made public, that these email were sent to affected users telling them it may be a good idea to change their passwords.

One V3 member received this email (pictured below), although they had of course changed their email long before this tardy warning.

LinkedIn password email censoredAs you can see the, advice they give is simple, straightforward and sound, but the time it took the company to send it out is disappointing and should be a lesson for other online companies that speed is of the essence when dealing with major security incidents.

For those still concerned about password security V3's has put together a quick guide on password security, breaking down five simple measures you can take to protect your password.

11 Jun 2012

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