Massive LinkedIn Account Hijacking Campaign Exposed

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Massive LinkedIn Account Hijacking Campaign Exposed

The Rising Wave of LinkedIn Account Hacks

LinkedIn, a widely used professional networking platform, is currently facing a concerning surge in account hacks, leaving many users locked out or completely hijacked by attackers. The situation has escalated to the point where some victims are even coerced into paying ransoms to regain control over their accounts. A cybersecurity research firm, highlights the severity of the issue, with users experiencing difficulties in resolving these security problems through LinkedIn's support channels.

Frustrations Mount as LinkedIn Support Falls Short

The frustrations of affected users are echoing across social media platforms and forums like Reddit, X(fka Twitter), and Microsoft's support forums. LinkedIn's support response time has stretched considerably, leaving users without effective assistance in recovering their compromised accounts. Even efforts to report hacked accounts, undergo identity verification, and seek help through X have yielded no responses. Users are expressing their discontent with the lack of support, revealing a gap in LinkedIn's ability to handle this wave of security breaches.

Attackers' Tactics: Leaked Credentials and Brute Force

A cybersecurity research firm research reveals that attackers are utilizing a combination of leaked credentials and brute force methods to gain unauthorized access to LinkedIn accounts. These compromised accounts are often those with weak or inadequate passwords. The attackers' goal is to take control of these accounts and manipulate them for various malicious purposes, including social engineering, phishing, and scams.

Stronger Measures for Stronger Accounts

LinkedIn is taking measures temporarily lock the accounts that have been targeted and subject to multiple takeover attempts. Users are required to verify their ownership, update their passwords, and provide additional information before being granted access again. While these measures help secure accounts with robust protection, they don't eliminate the risk entirely.

Swift Actions by Attackers: Changing Email Addresses and More

When attackers successfully compromise poorly protected LinkedIn accounts, they swiftly change the associated email address to one from the "" service. This alteration effectively blocks the original account owner from regaining control. Furthermore, the hackers change the account password and even enable 2FA, making the recovery process significantly more complex. In some cases, victims have reported facing ransom demands or experiencing outright account deletions after hijacking.

Safeguarding Your LinkedIn Account

As the threat of LinkedIn account hacks looms large, it's crucial for users to take proactive steps to safeguard their profiles. Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) provides an added layer of security that makes it harder for attackers to gain unauthorized access. Additionally, selecting a unique and robust password is essential to deter brute force attacks. Given the current situation, it's wise to review and reinforce your account's security measures, protecting your professional identity from falling into the wrong hands.


The recent wave of LinkedIn account hacks serves as a reminder that no online platform is entirely immune to security breaches. LinkedIn users should stay vigilant, ensure their accounts are fortified with strong passwords and 2FA, and be cautious of any suspicious activities. The responsibility of maintaining a secure online presence lies not only with the platform itself but also with the users who entrust it with their valuable professional connections and information.

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