Social networking powerhouse, LinkedIn, was tapped for approximately 6.5 million unsalted SHA-1 hashed passwords posted to the Internet at the beginning of July. Because the passwords were hashed, there remained a bit of work to do in order to disclose the actual passwords, so the hackers published them publicly in order to use the buddy system. With over 160 million members worldwide, a mere 6.5 million is seemingly a drop in the bucket. But the breach stands as a testimonial to the need to adopt the latest encryption technologies.
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