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Online Learning Platform Lynda.Com Has Been Hacked!



The is one of the best online learning platforms, which is offering more than 4000 courses. This platform was founded “Lynda Weinman” and “Bruce Heavin” in 1995. In April 2015, LinkedIn had purchased this platform for $1.5 Billion. Further, the LinkedIn has been purchased by Microsoft for $26.2 Billion. This Sunday, the support team of started informed its customers through an email that their database has been accessed by unauthorized cyber crooks. The targeted database contains user information, course syllabus, learning data and contact information of users. Around 9.5 Million user accounts are at risk.


The Whole Incident

The security team of recently noticed that an unauthorized third party was accessing user accounts. The attackers were accessing learning data, course videos and contact information of users. The response team of is still finding the exact reason for this unauthorized third party involvement. According to the email of support team, the company doesn't know whether the user passwords are present in the targeted database or not. For the security reasons, the company has changed the passwords of 55000 user accounts. The company has informed the law enforcement authorities as well. An official report has been published by the company, in which they confirmed the incident. The company also said that we have not any evidence at the moment which confirms that the data is publically available.


Have a look at the email: 


The Reason?

The exact reason behind this hack is still unclear. It seems like, attackers have the login credentials of that accounts, which were the part of 2012 LinkedIn data breach. Maybe attackers are accessing the accounts of those users which are still using the same password.  In 2012 LinkedIn data breach, the details of more than 117 Million user accounts were stolen by the hackers. A Russian suspect has also been arrested by the Czech police from Prague with the help of FBI in October who was involved in great 2012 LinkedIn data breach.


Moreover, the CERT –Bund (Computer Emergency Response Team of Germany) recently noticed that cyber crooks were targeting corporate world by sending malicious emails to the victims of 2012 LinkedIn data breach. It means hackers are still using the leaked data. The Heimdal Security also reported a Linkedin Phishing email scam in November. After the LinkedIn Data breach, many other major data breaches happened. Dropbox, Tumblr and MySpace data breaches were also the biggest ones.



The companies should take security in a serious way because a successful data breach can give birth to many other data breaches. The reason is, about 50 percent people are using same usernames and passwords for their multiple online accounts. The users should also understand that their habit of “repeating password” may put them at risk.


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