July 12, 2020

Lynda.com Breach Affects 55,000 users

Yesterday, I received this email notification (below) notifying me that lynda.com’s database had been breached.  For those of you who don’t know or use lynda.com, it’s really good resource for learning almost anything in IT related via online videos.  The cost is around $20 to 35 per month or you can pay for the year in one shot.  LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in last year (2015) and this year (2016) Microsoft acquired LinkedIn.  I’ve used lynda.com for years, up until 5 months ago, when watching the videos started competing with my busy schedule, something had to go.  Anyway, enough with the free endorsement.

A Statement from lynda.com said, “We recently became aware that an unauthorized third party accessed a database that included Lynda.com user data. As a precautionary measure, we reset passwords for the less than 55,000 Lynda.com users affected and are notifying them of the issue. We’re also working to notify approximately 9.5 million Lynda.com users who had learner data, but no password information, in the database. We have no evidence that any of this data has been made publicly available and we have taken additional steps to secure Lynda.com accounts.

After receiving the email, I logged onto my account at lynda.com was NOT prompted to reset my password.  So my assumption is that I wasn’t one of the 55,000 users.  Of course, I was prompted to renew my subscription.

Lynda.Com email notification about breach