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Anyone Use LinkedIn?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    i wonder if this is why i get so much spam on my business accounts...

    LinkedIn Customers Allege Company Hacked E-Mail Addresses
    By Linda Sandler

    LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD), owner of the world's most popular professional-networking website, was sued by customers who claim the company appropriated their identities for marketing purposes by hacking into their external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts' addresses.

    The customers, who aim to lead a group suit against LinkedIn, asked a federal judge in San Jose, California, to bar the company from repeating the alleged violations and to force it to return any revenue stemming from its use of their identities to promote the site to non-members, according to a court filing.

    "LinkedIn's own website contains hundreds of complaints regarding this practice", they said in the complaint filed Sept. 17, which also seeks unspecified damages.

    LinkedIn claims to have the largest online professional network with more than 238 million members, including executives from every Fortune 500 company. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Weiner is quoted in the complaint as saying on a second-quarter earnings call, "This strong membership growth is due in large part to new growth optimization efforts."

    LinkedIn fell 2.1% yesterday in New York Stock Exchange trading to close at $243.90.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-...ompany-hacked-their-e-mail-address-books.html
     
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  2. Sep77.

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    LinkedIn has access to contacts in users' emails, which means that the company is able to see who you were in touch with through you email address in the past.

    That's all. It doesn't mean that LinkedIn has access to your email address through your password (because it doesn't know it). And if I am not wrong, the company pointing out about this fact in their ToS.
    So in my opinion, another buzz.