[Chugalug] this ain't kosher:LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts

Rod rod-lists at epbfi.com
Sat Sep 21 16:42:32 UTC 2013

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cold fjord writes with this Business Week report:
"LinkedIn Corp. ... 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 ... 'LinkedIn's own website  
contains hundreds of complaints regarding this practice,' they said in the  
complaint filed Sept. 17. ... LinkedIn required the members to provide an  
external e-mail address as their username on its site, then used the  
information to access their external e-mail accounts when they were left  
open ... 'LinkedIn pretends to be that user and downloads the e-mail  
addresses contained anywhere in that account to LinkedIn's servers,' they  
said. 'LinkedIn is able to download these addresses without requesting the  
password for the external e-mail accounts or obtaining users' consent.'"
"This puts an interesting twist on LinkedIn's recent call for  
transparency," adds cold fjord. (More at Bloomberg.)

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