Tech Week Ahead: LinkedIn Hacked
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CORNISH: First up, our look ahead to the Week In Tech courtesy of NPR's Steve Henn. The big story on his radar: online privacy.
STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Last week, LinkedIn, EHarmony, LastFM all got hacked, and millions of consumers' passwords, you know, showed up on a Russian hacker website.
CORNISH: Those hackers probably don't care about your resume or if you like cats or long walks on the beach. What they do care about is your password.
HENN: How many passwords do you think you have? I probably have two or three dozen passwords. There's just a human tendency to use the same one again and again. And if you happen to use the same password on your bank as you used in LinkedIn, then it's a serious issue for you.
CORNISH: He says sites like LinkedIn are being accused by online security experts of cutting corners to save money. And the hack is forcing lots of businesses to re-evaluate how they protect customer information.
HENN: You know, I think we're going to see a lot of pressure on companies to do more, especially if three more firms get broken into this week.
CORNISH: In the meantime, if you're caught fudging your resume on LinkedIn, you can officially blame it on Russian hackers.
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