9.5 Million Users Exposed in Lynda Data Breach
LinkedIn and Microsoft subsidiary Lynda announced that 9.5 million user accounts are at risk. An unauthorized third party accessed a database that contained account holder contact information, learning data and a list of the courses the user has viewed.
The company, which provides a subscription-based online learning service for business and technology skills, said there is no evidence that passwords were stolen in the recent breach, but a spokesperson told ZDNet that it has reset the passwords of about 55,000 users as a precaution.
The spokesperson said it does not appear as if the thief made the account information publicly available, but the company has “taken additional steps to secure Lynda.com accounts.”
“We are informing you of this issue out of an abundance of caution,” Lynda.com said. “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.”
Last year, LinkedIn bought Lynda for approximately $1.5 billion in a cash and stock deal.