LinkedIn sues hackers responsible for fake accounts

Will subpoena cloud services to identify perpetrators

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.

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Chris DiMarco

Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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