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LinkedIn Users Encouraged to Change Passwords

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 16:18

 

As reported in various media outlets, 164 million passwords stolen from the social networking site LinkedIn in 2012 have now become public. The method used to store the original passwords means it is likely that hackers were able to decrypt the majority of passwords relatively quickly.

If you have a LinkedIn account and have not changed your password since 2012, CSSD recommends that you immediately change your LinkedIn password. If you use your LinkedIn password for any other services (including your University Computing Account), you should also change those passwords immediately.

You can change your University Computing Account password at any time by logging in to My Pitt (my.pitt.edu), clicking Manage My Account in the left-hand column, and clicking Change Password.

Remember that no legitimate organization, including the University of Pittsburgh, will ever solicit confidential information (such as credit card information or your Pitt password) by any means. CSSD recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. You should also avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.