How LinkedIn got hacked?

Up to 60 per cent of the passwords stolen from the LinkedIn hacking are now publically known, and here's how the hackers are cracking them.

LinkedIn has confirmed that some of the password hashes that were posted online do match users of its service. They have also stated that passwords that are reset will now be stored in salted hashed format.

What is a salt? It is a string that is added to your password before it is cryptographically hashed. What does this accomplish? It means that password lists cannot be pre-computed based on dictionary attacks or similar techniques.

Password hash with salt example


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