When we let go of our digital identity construction and hand over sovereignty to someone else, it erodes our freedom.
What better place to grab the details to create the perfect email to phish someone at work than their LinkedIn profile? You can find email addresses, work histories, connections. It’s a bounty of details.
Scrape LinkedIn to build out a name list to be massaged into an email list for a mass phishing campaign.
LinkedIn is a treasure trove of easily accessible personal information and company IT data. Unbeknownst to most of the employees who post their information on LinkedIn, any hacker looking to wreak havoc on a company’s highly sensitive, business-critical data could find his or her point of entry using this ubiquitous business networking forum.
LinkedIn is that kind of place – “a wasteland of endless management consultants congratulating each other”, to quote one correspondent. There’s an excess focus on simulating optimism and excitement, rather than clear-headed discussion on issues. It’s like a giant, living, breathing resume, complete with bad formatting, plasticised optimism and synthetic relationships.
LinkedIn's mobile app threw up a pop-up requesting permission to share data with nearby Bluetooth devices even when users weren't using the business networking app.
Megalomania, emotional blackmail, prostitution, drug dealing, and creepy men named Bob.
When you consider what a combined Microsoft and LinkedIn will know about people, the possibilities are pretty scary.
Some people are happy with the bargain of handing over their data for free stuff – but many more are not. Unless we begin to price our data, we're just there to be fleeced, time after time.
The fact that hackers have revealed details of 117 million LinkedIn users, including passwords and user IDs, highlights the value of personal data, even years after a data breach has taken place.
LinkedIn's tracking and mining of IP addresses, searches and profile views for its “People You May Know” and “People Also Viewed” features, makes it by far the creepiest social network.