New threats to security are being introduced in cyberspace. The super highway has personal information copied from one network to another and data (and the threat of comprised data) is being exposed. My company, Newman Networks, has gone through one of our toughest trials as a client had their website and linkedin account compromised. With just a password, a hacker was able to get my clients' entire website and linkedin.com account shutdown. Thank you to Paypal and Godaddy.com who restored the information but www.linkedin.com need to revisit their policies in cyber security attacks.
In June 2012 , linkedin.com had 6.5 million passwords compromised as reported by the L.A. Times and when the clients' account was hacked, the hacker successfully deleted the clients' profile. We are now on day 19 and the account has not been restored. This reminds me of the scene in Star Wars where one man fighter pilot was able to find a small hole in the Death Star and use that hole to destroy the entire station (It's just a make believe movie but still has a lesson). Linkedin.com might be able to restore a whole database of information but a single user account it seems can not be recovered.
The 2013 solution to cyber attacks are to require two different security measures (password and e-mail or phone or pin number) to access/modify or delete information. On Facebook accounts, users can now required a PIN (personal identification number) that is sent via sms messaging to a phone number if there is an attempt to log in to an account from any other IP address than the home computer. When it comes to information, it might be free to post on various social media websites but there is a huge cost to recover! Hopefully, @linkedinhelp is working overtime on this data recovery issue!
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