Security experts: LinkedIn suffers data breach

June 7, 2012 01:30

BOSTON/NEW YORK - Computer security experts in the United States and Europe warned they have uncovered evidence that the social networking site LinkedIn has suffered a data breach that may have compromised the passwords of millions of users.

LinkedIn Corp said Wednesday via Twitter and on its blog that it was "unable to confirm" that a breach had occurred.

"Our security team continues to investigate," Vicente Silveira, an engineer with the social networking site, said on the LinkedIn blog.

It could take several days, or up to a week, for LinkedIn to confirm there was a breach and identify its source, said Mary Landesman, senior security researcher with a company known as Cloudmark that helps secure messaging systems.

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