Password scare for LinkedIn users

Around six million users of the social networking site LinkedIn had their passwords stolen when the site was hacked this week. This latest case highlights to the business community the importance of being ever vigilant about internet security.

The encrypted password of 6.5 million businessmen and women were published on the hackers' web forum. The breach of security is now being investigated and the site is advising users to change their passwords.

LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira said in a statement: "We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords."

LinkedIn currently holds personal information on its 160 million members, including potentially confidential details relating to recruitment or company information.