Sumit Suman recently visited a site, did not sign up for anything, did not connect via social media, but got a personal email from the site the next day.I’ve learned that there is a “website intelligence” network that tracks form submissions across their customer network. So, if a visitors fills out a form on Site A with their name and email, Site B knows their name and email too as soon as they land on the site.It all started 2 weeks ago when I got a promotional email (anonymized to avoid promotion) offering toI get B2B marketing emails all the time but what caught my eye was the inclusion of a report snapshot for 42Floors.com showing names,
The above comment might seem incredibly harsh, but really, there's no good excuse for a site this prominent to not have a salted, secure password hashing system. Even if they started with an unsalted password system, users can be migrated to the newer more secure system on next login.
The only way I could regain respect for LinkedIn is if we find that these unsalted hashes were from users who never logged in to LinkedIn after the security upgrade. From the replies of other HN users who have found their password hashes in the leaked list, this doesn't seem to be the case though.
I can understand database leaks. Bad things happen.
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