LinkedIn Will Face More Questions Over 2012 Hack

LinkedIn’s attempt to throw out a case taken against the social media site over the 2012 security breach has been denied by a judge in California. The case relates to a hacking incident two years ago where more than six million passwords were stolen.


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The social media site is accused of not accurately representing its security in the User Agreement and Privacy Policy that each user is required to agree to when signing up. The judge ordered that LinkedIn must now answer these allegations put forward by the plaintiff, Kahlilah Wright.

ZDNet reports that US District Judge Edward J. Davila stated: “she [Wright] would not have bought the product but for the misrepresentation”, under California’s Unfair Competition Law.

LinkedIn is arguing that its privacy policy is not a piece of advertising however Judge Davila has ruled that the privacy policy is in fact under the remit of labeling and advertising cases.

This is an important note to remember next time you are signing up to a website because, let’s face it, not many people actually read through the entire privacy policy and user agreement when registering.

The 2012 hack that this case is centered around saw nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords stolen by Russian cybercriminals. If you were one of the effected users, access to your account was denied.

LinkedIn came under serious scrutiny and criticism from not just users but also the online security community where experts noted that the site failed to use best practice in protecting its site and its users.

The case regarding Kahlilah Wright in ongoing.