Hacking Rhetoric

Red Post – LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Email Accounts


The professional networking site LinkedIn has been sued by customers for hacking into their email accounts. According to the article, the hack was achieved when, “A LinkedIn user leaves an external email account open, LinkedIn pretends to be that user and download the email addresses contained anywhere in that account to the LinkedIn servers.” It continues in saying, ” LinkedIn is able to download these addresses without requesting the password for the external email accounts or obtaining users’ consent.” If these accusations are true, then LinkedIn has violated all of its users privacy on an enormous scale. I have no problem with this if LinkedIn gave us an option to let them use our email contacts for their own use. But to steal users’ contacts without their permission leaves me not trusting LinkedIn with any of my information.


3 thoughts on “Red Post – LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Email Accounts

  1. Wow — I missed this one. I’ve always felt like LinkedIn had this vaguely desperate air about it, but this cements it for me.

    For those interested, here’s one rundown: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/10/ask-the-headhunter-a-challenge-to-linkedin—-grow-some-integrity.html

  2. I’m glad that I didn’t make a LinkedIn account despite several recommendations to make one. I thought it would have been a good place to start a professional network.

  3. Well this was definitely eye opening! Thanks for the info! I honestly wouldn’t have thought that such a professional network would do things like that. I guess nobody is safe!

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