(WXYZ) - The popular networking site LinkedIn is confirming that a security breach has compromised the passwords of a number of user accounts.
However, the company is not saying how many accounts have been affected. Some media reports say as many as 6.5 million passwords were leaked.
In a post on the company's blog , company Director Vicente Silveira writes that company is continuing to investigate the situation. He also says the company "sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously."
The post also says that members who have accounts associated with the compromised passwords "will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid." They will also receive an email with instructions on how to reset their passwords.
However, the company says that for security reasons that email will not contain any links.
Affected members will also receive a second email from Customer Support with more information about the situation.
Earlier in the day LinkedIn sent out the following tweets notifying users that is was looking into reports of a security breach.
"Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords. Stay tuned for more."
"Our team continues to investigate, but at this time, we're still unable to confirm that any security breach has occurred. Stay tuned here."
Reports indicate the leaked passwords were uploaded to a Russian-language web forum.
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