This time, data from 600 million profiles would be collected and put up for sale. Even if it’s not sensitive information, it could still be useful to online bad guys
For the third time in four months LinkedIn has undergone a scraping the data of its users that have been taken from the well-known social network e offered for sale online. An archive of data collected from hundreds of millions of LinkedIn profiles has indeed appeared again these days on a hacker forum.
The author of the post on this forum claimed to sell information collected by 600 million users LinkedIn. The vendor also claims that this data is new and better than previous data collected.
According to the examples uploaded by this person, the last data extraction includes the name, gli email addresses, links to their social media accounts and other details such as gender, date of birth, degrees and profession, which users have voluntarily shared on their public profiles.
To collect the data it was enough to use automated tools to scan LinkedIn, and compile data from millions of profiles in an easily readable format, riporta tech radar.
Even if no sensitive data has been disclosed, the collection of publicly available information on a large scale can still put users at risk of spam and phishing attacks.
Following the second case of such scraping, in late June, LinkedIn said it was not “A data breach” is that “no private data of members ” had been exposed.
The social network does not yet seem to want to take these incidents seriously and has not implemented anti-scraping measures more solid. Hackers can collect user information with virtually no opposition.
However, the American company has assured that “When someone tries to take member data and use it for purposes that LinkedIn and our members have not accepted, we work to stop them and hold them responsible “.
LinkedIn is also engaged in a legal battle with the rival company hiQ Labs which pulled public data from LinkedIn. HiQ argues that a ruling against data scraping could “Have a profound impact on free internet access”. The US Supreme Court has asked a Court of Appeals to review the case, which initially saw hiQ Labs’ position prevail.