LinkedIn sued for $5 million over date breach

  • LinkedIn has been hit by a potential class-action $5 million lawsuit by an Illinois woman, who says the networking site violated security promises to consumers when more than six million customer passwords were stolen.

    The lawsuit was filed less than two weeks after the stolen passwords turned up on websites used by computer hackers.

    The attack on LinkedIn, an employment and professional networking site with more than 160 million members, is the latest massive corporate data breach to have attracted the attention of class-action lawyers.

    A LinkedIn spokeswoman has said the lawsuit was without merit and was driven "by lawyers looking to take advantage of the situation."