First-person account of hacked LinkedIn

Posted on January 20, 2011


Ever wondered what to do if your LinkedIn account got hacked? We found an interesting first-person account from’s John Dvorak and it wasn’t very reassuring. First, he received the canned email response: “Because of high-volume, we’ll get to your request as soon as possible.” Apparently, he is still awaiting a response. There isn’t a number you can call to get a live person at LinkedIn and, when he tried to reset his password, LinkedIn sent him 25 duplicate emails with a link on how to change it. What’s disturbing is the hacker used his contact list to send out spam to more than 1,000 people with his name attached. Dvorak doesn’t know how his account was hacked but he promises an update on the story when he has one.