You might want to delete your LinkedIn app and change your password
Boy, it has been a crappy day for LinkedIn, and I’m writing this at 9:30am in the morning, so there’s a whole day for it to get even worse. The Web site, which is pretty much ResumeBook, has not one, but two, scandals to deal with, both of which probably directly affect you and need to be dealt with ASAP.
First, the password problem: hackers have claimed 6.5 million hashed and encrypted passwords. The good news is that they haven’t cracked any of the passwords yet: they were posted publicly to ask for help in cracking them. So you might want to mosey over and change your password, posthaste.
Don’t, however, do it on your LinkedIn iOS app. That app was just revealed to have a major security flaw: namely, once you access your calendar on iOS, through the app, it stripmines the next five days for information and send it back to the company, in plain text, without your explicit consent to do so. Yep, personal and work calendar information both.
In short, if you value your privacy, today is a really, really bad day to be a LinkedIn user. So change your passwords, kids, and make sure that app can’t access your calendar.
LinkedIn’s iOS Collects and Transmits Your Calendar [TheNextWeb]
Bad Day for LinkedIn: 6.5 Million Passwords Leaked [TheNextWeb]