A sign is posted in front of the LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

LinkedIn confirmed Thursday that 500 million LinkedIn profiles was put on sale on a hacker forum.

Cybernews first broke the news, reporting that the hacker leaked four files that contained the full names, email addresses, phone numbers and workplace information of the LinkedIn users.  LinkedIn released a statement saying that the company investigated the data posted for sale by the threat actor, and while it does include publicly-viewable member profile data that appears to have been scraped from LinkedIn, “this was not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private member account data from LinkedIn was included in what we’ve been able to review.”

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