Linkedin Accounts Breached in a Hijacking Campaign

Highlights

  • A report by Cyberint mentions that numerous users have been complaining about their Linkedin accounts getting hacked or being lockout of their accounts.
  • Some users have been coerced into paying the ransom to regain their accounts, or they will forever lose their accounts.
  • As the hackers take control of the accounts of LinkedIn accounts, the hackers then swiftly change the email addresses with one of the email services and also enable 2FA.
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A report by Cyber intelligence firm, Cyberint mention numerous users have been complaining about their Linkedin accounts getting hacked or being lockout of their accounts and are unable to get it fixed through LinkedIn support.

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It is a series of targeted attacks that have users locked out of their accounts for security reasons & then eventually hacked by the attackers.

Also, cyber intelligence firms said that some of the users have been coerced into paying the ransom to get back their accounts, or they will forever lose their accounts.

That said, Linkedin has yet to comment on this matter officially. However, their customer support response time has increased with the massive number of support requests.

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User complaints found on several social media platforms, i.e., Twitter, Reddit, and Microsoft forums, indicate that Linkedin support has not been helpful in recovering the hacked user accounts or there has been no response which has frustrated the user.

Mega thread: so your LinkedIn account got hacked/frozen…
by u/thejournalizer in linkedin

One of the affected users wrote on a Reddit thread that his account was hacked 6 days ago, and his email was changed in the middle of the night, and had no ability to confirm the change and prevent it.

He continued & said there was no reply from anywhere. It’s pathetic as he tried recovering his account by going through the verification process and even Direct Messaging the company on Twitter and still has not received a reply.

Now, as per the cyber intelligence firm, users are unable to access their LinkedIn accounts, or their accounts are getting hacked. This resulted in a massive increase in user queries about the LinkedIn account recovery over the past few months.

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Furthermore, it seems that the hackers are using the leaked credentials or are using brute forcing to take charge of a huge number of Linkedin accounts and the accounts that have strong protection, i.e., strong passwords or two-factor authentication enabled after many unsuccessful takeovers try, which resulted in a temporary lockdown inflicted by the Linkedin as a security procedure.

After that, the users are required to verify that they are the rightful owners of these accounts by giving some extra information & change their password before they can sign in again.

As the hackers take control of the accounts of badly protected LinkedIn accounts, the hackers then swiftly change the email addresses with one of the rambler.ru services. Soon after, the attackers change the account password, barding the rightful owner from accessing their account.

This isn’t all; some of the users also claimed that the attackers also enabled two-factor authentication after they took control of the accounts, which in turn made it even harder for account recovery.

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In addition to this, Cyberint observed that the attackers were demanding a ransom to give account access back to the rightful owner or simply just deleting the victim’s account without demanding anything.

These attacks are carried out since Linkedin accounts can be used for phishing, job offers scams & social engineering that can lead to cyber theft, especially after the platforms introduced features to tackle inauthentic behavior & fake profiles on it, which made the hacking the legitimate accounts on the platform has become much more practical for the attackers.

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