Lynda.com users are getting a free lesson in account security this morning. All 9.5 million of the site’s users have been notified of a database breach.
To this point, Lynda.com has only seen evidence that a relatively small percentage of its users’ accounts have been compromised. Currently they pin the number at around 55,000.
The attackers were also only to access a limited amount of data. According to the notice the company is sending out, hackers only managed to exfiltrate users’ course data along with their contact information. Lynda.com say that they have “no evidence that this data included [passwords].”
Why send an alert to 9.5 million users when only about half a percent of those users were impacted? Out of “an abundance of caution,” according to the email.
That may have something to to with Lynda.com’s parent company, LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is no stranger to dealing with breaches, having been victimized in 2012. Initially, it appeared that hackers had “only” scored data on around 6.5 million of the sites accounts. That number grew to around 167 million in 2016, when a hacker put the database up for sale on a Dark Web marketplace.