The Social Network That Cried "Wolf!"

If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably aware that last week 6.5 million Linkedin passwords were compromised. On Friday the Cloudmark Research team saw a huge increase in user spam reports relating to resetting Linkedin passwords. These were not because spammers were trying to take advantage of the publicity around the Linkedin fail; those emails are stopped by our regular filters and never make to the users. No, this was a real email from Linkedin telling people whose password had been compromised how to protect their account. Over four per cent of the people receiving this email, thought it was spam and sent it straight to the bit bucket. If Linkedin sends out 6.5 million emails, then a quarter of a million people are congratulating themselves on avoiding spam, and still have a compromised Linkedin password.

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