Lynda Breach Affects 9.5 Million Users

Lynda (Lynda.com) has been breached, all 9.5 million users of the popular site have been notified of the incident which is currently under an active investigation.

Lynda Has Been Breached

The Lynda (Lynda.com) site has been breached by computer hackers. The criminals were able to download a limited amount of the data through the database server that houses the account credentials.

According to the public statement which has been through email to the customers only a small percentage of the Lynda accounts have been compromised, according to the currently available information this amounts to around 55 000 users. Lynda stated that the criminals have been able to exfiltrate the course data along with contact information. At this moment there is no evidence showing that sensitive information such as passwords has been retrieved.

The company has stated that it has sent an alert to all of their 9.5 million users out of caution. At this moment it is known if the breach has something to do with LinkedIn which is Lynda’s parent company. It is mandatory for all users to change their passwords immediately. If it is shared with another service then it is strongly advice to change it on there as well. Lynda has stated that no public leaks have been discovered yet.

The email message from the company reads the following:

We recently became aware that an unauthorized third party breached a database that included some of your Lynda.com learning data, such as contact information and courses viewed. We are informing you of this issue out of an abundance of caution.

Please know that we have no evidence that this data included your password. And while we have no evidence that your specific account was accessed or that any data has been made publicly available, we wanted to notify you as a precautionary measure.

If you have questions, we encourage you to contact us through our Support Center.

The Lynda.com team

The information is not yet published on the official site. We remind our readers that Lynda (Lynda.com) was acquired by the LinkedIn professional network for the total amount of 1.5 Billion dollars and a stock deal. The company was then bought by Microsoft for 26.2 billion dollars.

This is just the latest breach that has been reported as a lot of the major technology companies are experiencing hacking attacks.

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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