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Lynda.com – Hacked

Mon 9 Jan 2017

Shortly before Christmas 2016, the online tutorial site, Lynda.com, revealed that it had been the victim of a cyber attack. This comes in the wake of the site being bought out by LinkedIn in 2015, for around $1.5 billion. According to Lynda, an unauthorised third party accessed a database which included consumer data for Lynda.com. The firm is also notifying the other 9.5 million users who had “learner data, but no password information” in the compromised database.

Reset Passwords

In a statement, the company added that “as a precautionary measure, we reset passwords for the less than 55,000 Lynda.com users affected and are notifying them of the issue. We’re also working to notify approximately 9.5 million Lynda.com users who had learner data, but no password information, in the database. We have no evidence that any of this data has been made publicly available and we have taken additional steps to secure Lynda.com accounts.”

An Abundance of Caution

Evidently deciding that caution and prudence were the best steps to take, Lynda sent their customers this email: “We recently became aware that an unauthorised 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.”

The Correct Response?

While no business enjoys putting its hands up to the fact of a security breach, Lynda’s quick-to-respond attitude has seen the news received far more favourably than the 1 billion users whose accounts were compromised in the Yahoo hack, which occurred days previously. In Lynda’s case, the company reacted swiftly and took remedial action as soon as possible. Yahoo’s response was much slower and resulted in the details of users being sold on the Dark Web.

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