LinkedIn seems to keep on their downward spiral. The social network for work connections is being sued for $5 million after millions of users’ passwords were leaked online earlier this June.
A LinkedIn user from Illinois, Katie Szpyrka, filed the massive lawsuit. She says that LinkedIn deceived its 160+ million members by having a security policy “in clear contradiction of accepted industry standards for database security.” Katie Szpyrka is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit.
The spokeswoman for LinkedIn, Erin O’Harra told Reuters that “no member account has been breached as a result of the incident, and we have no reason to believe that any LinkedIn member has been injured,” which is something that Szpyrka’s lawyers would have to prove for their lawsuit to be a success.
The LinkedIn passwords were posted stripped of their associated usernames by a Russian hacker in early June to prove he found a vulnerability on the site. Information came forth that revealed LinkedIn used SHA-1 cryptographic hash-based encryption for its passwords, which is safe but still carries flaws.
LinkedIn confirmed and apologized for the breach of its millions of members.
Do you think LinkedIn will be able to put this lawsuit to rest? Let me know in the comments!