Reports started swirling this morning that more than six million users had their account passwords stolen
, and now the company has confirmed the security breach with a post on its blog — though the company hasn't yet confirmed how many accounts were compromised.
Affected users will receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their password. This doesn't appear to be the standard password reset procedure, either — any affected user will automatically be locked out of their account, and the password reset email being sent by LinkedIn won't contain any links to the site. LinkedIn will also be sending affected members a second email from their customer service department detailing the circumstances behind the breach. We can't help but feel that all
of the service's members deserve to know exactly what happened — they've entrusted their personal data to LinkedIn, regardless of whether their passwords were stolen or not.