My LinkedIn account has been hacked, and I want to hack it back
Don’t. Do not initiate attacks on your LinkedIn account. Contact the official LinkedIn support and inform them that your account has been hacked. In this way, the LinkedIn team can keep track of the traces, perform forensic investigations while keeping you informed on what has happened. Collaborate with them.
Do take these steps
- Try to reset your password by Phone or Email with the Official LinkedIn guide.
- Head towards the official LinkedIn ‘reporting a hacked account’ form, and provide the requested details.
- Make sure that you inform your LinkedIn network that your account has been breached and that the messages send from that account are not yours until further notice. You can ask colleagues, friends or any trusted person from your LinkedIn network to share that message.
- If you have used the LinkedIn password on multiple environments, let’s say your email, then it is REQUIRED that you change the password. The threat actor behind the hack will try the password on each account that it can link the LinkedIn account to. Remember, the attacker has your name, birth date, phone number and email. Let’s not forget that the attacker also has your credentials.
- Connect with the LinkedIn Support team, they can help you forward with the steps that you need to take.
- Try to collect evidence on how the attacker has gained your credentials. Did you click on a link? Did you provide your credentials somewhere which is not the official LinkedIn page? Backtrack your steps.
- Follow the advice of enabling two-factor authentication on your online account
- Follow the advice of using password phrases instead of passwords. The longer the password, the longer the brute force attacks will take.