LinkedIn Hit with Class Action Lawsuit

LinkedInAfter a great run, a successful IPO and a series of progressively profitable quarters, LinkedIn has been hit with a bit of bad news in the last few weeks. It started with the fact that 6 million of their users’ passwords had been leaked to a Russian site. Then there were the phishers. Now the company has been hit with a $5 million class action lawsuit attempting to collect remuneration for the “lack of security measures” that LinkedIn implemented for its passwords.

The lawsuit was uploaded by jeff_roberts881 over at Scribd, and shows that it is being filed by KATIE SZPYRKA and “on behalf of all others similarly situated” against the “LINKEDIN CORPORATION”. It accuses LinkedIn of failing to safguard users’ personal identifiable information including e-mail addresses, passwords and login credentials. This violates their “User Agreemen tand Privacy Policy”.

The argument will be made that LinkedIn hadn’t done enough to protect those passwords, and the suit indicates that LinkedIn did not implement a strict enough encryption process. LinkedIn’s passwords were hashed, which is a more basic for of encryption and obscuring, but not salted, which makes it far more difficult for the passwords to be hacked.

Check out more details about the case at Courthouse News Service.


Related Stories
Mediabistro Course

Pinterest Marketing

Pinterest MarketingPin your way to a wider audience! Starting December 1, work with the VP of Marketing at SheKnows to learn how to leverage Pinterest for your brand. In this course, you'll learn how to create a Pinterest Playbook to develop and measure your marketing strategy, grow a follower base, run an effective contest, and stay updated on the best practices for this platform. Register now!