3 amusing and/or disturbing revelations from the LinkedIn hack

Russian hackers exposed more than 6 million LinkedIn passwords on Wednesday. The company apologized, but it can’t control this bizarre fallout.

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“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously.”

If your password was among the unlucky 6 million, you should expect to see an email from LinkedIn with instructions to reset it.

Meanwhile, Ars Technica is reporting that 1.5 million passwords for the online dating site eHarmony were also posted online.

The LinkedIn breach exposed a few amusing and disturbing things about LinkedIn users and the network itself. Here are three of them:

1. It sparked an avalanche of jokes at LinkedIn’s expense.

When the news started to spread on Wednesday morning that LinkedIn had suffered a security breach, Twitter users started cracking jokes at the social network’s expense. For example:

I’m not changing my Linked in password. Russian hackers are welcome to delete recruiter invites on my behalf.

— Tim Whitlock (@timwhitlock) June 6, 2012

If you hacked into my LinkedIn account, could you PLEASE make it stop sending me email? Thanks in advance.

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