LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking site, is under siege by aggressive software. The social media site said in a recently filed complaint that it’s combating automated software that copies information from legitimate profiles and uses it to populate dummy profiles. Given the importance of easy-to-navigate customer profiles, this is bad news for employers and jobseekers.
The complaint was filed in San Francisco, Calif., and accuses as-yet undiscovered hackers of engaging in fraudulent and malicious activity that violates the LinkedIn’s user agreement. The complaint also states that the activity undermines the value of the fee-based “LinkedIn Recruiter” service designed to connect candidates to Fortune 100 companies. Fake candidates mean wasted time for busy corporate hiring teams.