UPDATE: LinkedIn said a number of its users' accounts were compromised in a security breach, posting on the site's blog Wednesday, "We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts."
(NEW YORK) -- The social networking website LinkedIn is investigating claims that more than 6 million passwords were stolen and uploaded to a Russian-language web forum Wednesday.
Reports of the hacking first appeared on Russian language websites and were confirmed by security firms, who reported that a user in Russian-language forum posted the passwords Wednesday.
A Twitter account run by LinkedIn announced Wednesday morning that the company "continues to investigate" but was still unable to confirm whether any security breach occurred.
Graham Cluley, a security expert working at the British firm Sophos, said in a blog post that although the passwords are not correlated to user names, "it is reasonable to assume that such information may be in the hands of the criminals." Cluley said that the security firm had confirmed that the file uploaded to the Russian forum did contain the LinkedIn passwords, despite the company's hesitation to confirm it.
Users who fear that their passwords may have been stolen can change their passwords on the website by clicking on their names in the upper right corner of the website's homepage, and then clicking on Settings and choosing the "Change" link next to password.
Cluley also recommended changing passwords at other sites where users may have used the same password.
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