We have been informed that the online learning platform, Lynda.com, has recently been compromised by an unauthorised third party. The breach took place on a database that included information on learning data, such as contact information and courses viewed. None of the lost data has been made publicly available at this time.
While this is a service that we offer to all University staff and students, we do not store any passwords with Lynda.com and can assure you that this information has not been accessed. Whether you have used Lynda.com or not you do not need to take any action as a result of this incident.
You may receive or have already received an email notifying you of the security breach, this has been sent to all registered Lynda.com users, and does not mean that your data has been compromised. Lynda.com is contacting users as an ‘abundance of caution’ and as all University of Sheffield users’ passwords are unaffected, no action is required.
We take security of services we provide very seriously, and are working with Lynda.com to investigate and understand the incident.