Wednesday 17 January 2018

LinkedIn hack may have compromised Etsy accounts, users warned

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Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

E-commerce site Etsy has warned users their accounts may be compromised due to a security breach at LinkedIn.

Etsy emailed users saying that the LinkedIn data could contain details needed to access Etsy accounts.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken the precautionary measure of requiring a password reset for your account," Etsy said.

"This is not due to any evidence that your Etsy account information has been compromised, and Etsy has not been breached."

Etsy is a peer-to-peer e-commerce site similar to Ebay, but focused on handmade or vintage goods.

LinkedIn said last month in a statement that it was working to invalidate the passwords of some 100 million accounts after it became aware of "a set of data that has just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members"

It said it was "taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords. We have no indication that this is as a result of a new security breach."

More than 6 million member passwords were stolen when LinkedIn was hacked in 2012.

(Additional reporting Reuters)

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