Mountain View, Calif. – Two weeks after confirming that hackers had stolen 6.5 million of its subscriber passwords, Mountain View-based LinkedIn on Friday was sued for $5 million by one of its users. An Illinois woman filed the suit in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, claiming the online professional network failed to live up to its own privacy policy.

A spokeswoman for LinkedIn called the claims “without merit.”

The company’s problems started in early June, when a user in a Russian forum claimed to have hacked and uploaded about 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords onto the web.

This article was also published in Bay Area Tech Wire.

Related links:

LinkedIn – official site

Los Angeles Times – LinkedIn sued for $5 million for security breach

Courthouse News Service – LinkedIn Blew Security, Class Claims

CNET – LinkedIn hit with $5M lawsuit over lost passwords

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