After hackers last week breached the LinkedIn site, stealing more than 6 million user passwords, analysts are debating whether the attack will cause long-term damage to the social network.
In the attack
, users' passwords were posted publicly
to a Russian hacker forum. The incident garnered a lot of headlines, both in the trade and mainstream news media, and LinkedIn was accused of using lax security
and having nothing more than light encryption to safeguard its users data.
Many companies, including LinkedIn
suffer security breaches. What's causing the furor over the LinkedIn breach is that the company makes its name and its money from user data, yet it failed to take what security experts would call adequate steps to secure its bread and butter.
Critics accuse the company of failing to protect its users. Will users stand by their social network or will they flee?