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LinkedIn security compromise sounds scarier than it is: Queen's University expert

2012-06-18

Queen’s University computer security expert David Skillicorn is available to talk about the security compromise at LinkedIn, the online networking site. Hackers allegedly accessed the login information for approximately 6.5 million LinkedIn users and posted passwords online.

Dr. Skillicorn says the security breach may sound alarming,but there is little worry that users’ personal information will be available to hackers.

“It is important to note that the stolen passwords were encrypted. It will be very difficult for anyone to access information, as the encryption technology still protects the users of LinkedIn. The real problem is the publicity around the attack. People will now be more likely to read and respond to phishing emails that convince users to change their passwords,” says Dr. Skillicorn.

Dr. Skillicorn is an expert on cyber-attacks and internet security. Please note that on Thursday June 7, Dr. Skillicorn is only available until 2:30 and he can only do phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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