*LinkedIn sister site, Lynda.com, reports 9.5 million accounts hacked

Declan Dunn, TechViews.org   …..

With the recent revelations of the massive Yahoo data breach of over 1.5 billion user accounts, we can expect the rate and intensity of data breaches to increase in 2017.

LinkedIn’s sister site for online learning, Lynda.com, has reported an online breach of 9.5 million user accounts.

Lynda.com, has confirmed it recently was the victim of a data breach. A hacker accessed its database that contains account holder contact information as well as the courses they have viewed and their learning data.

The company isn’t sure at this point that passwords were compromised in the hack. But as a precaution, the company is resetting the passwords for nearly 55,000 of its customers. There are approximately 9.5 million Lynda.com customers and they are all being notified of the hack.

The company put out this statement: “You may have received an email notification from Lynda.com explaining that we recently became aware that an unauthorized third-party accessed a database that included some Lynda.com learning data, such as contact information and courses viewed. We are informing users out of an abundance of caution.”

Lynda.com is described as an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills. It was founded in 1995 and produces video tutorials taught by industry experts.

If you are a subscriber to either LinkedIn or Lynda.com, or both, you should change your passwords immediately. Why, you ask? Because both of those sites collect and publish information about their users that can be used to open other accounts you have.

Be Safe – Backup Your Data regularly!

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