Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers

Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers

The leak stems from a misconfigured ElasticSearch database owned by Chinese social-media management company SocialArks, which contained personally identifiable information (PII) from users of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms, according to researchers at Safety Detectives.

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual

But a leaked user manual obtained by Motherboard shows that, in reality, the company teaches customers how to create fake Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to gather information about people that is normally protected by their privacy settings on those platforms.

How to ditch Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and still follow people and organizations you like

How to ditch Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and still follow people and organizations you like

You don’t need Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or any other social media platform to “follow” your interests on the web, whether that be people, organizations, news, podcasts, or blogs.

GDPR Violation: ScribD acquires PII on 500M users in a deal with LinkedIn

GDPR Violation: ScribD acquires PII on 500M users in a deal with LinkedIn

Why does it keep mentioning LinkedIn. Last but not least, why does it offer to me to opt-out of reselling my personal information?All that personal data on LinkedIn/SlideShare will be transferred to ScribD.Check your LinkedIn resell-your-info settings.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

Please leave our clipboards alone.

Please leave our clipboards alone.

Yesterday, I tweeted calling out Microsoft’s LinkedIn showing that it was accessing my clipboard every keystroke.However, the real problem and thing that scares me is the fact that ANY app has the ability to access the clipboard without permission.

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week.

Reddit and Linkedin apps also caught copying and pasting clipboard contents

Reddit and Linkedin apps also caught copying and pasting clipboard contents

Linkedin and Reddit both check your clipboard and copy and paste your clipboard contents with every keystroke – even when you’re in another app.Smartphone users are finally waking up to the potential privacy violations from installed mobile apps.

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

The LinkedIn controversy comes a week after TikTok, one of the most popular apps in the world, said it would stop snooping on user clipboards after iOS 14 revealed that it was doing just that.

Masked arsonist might’ve gotten away with it if she hadn’t left Etsy review

Masked arsonist might’ve gotten away with it if she hadn’t left Etsy review

From Lore Blumenthal's Etsy review of a T-shirt, her profiles on Poshmark and LinkedIn, and the tattoo visible on a video posted to her massage therapy website, the FBI found the details they needed to match the arsonist seen in photos and video to government records, the affidavit said.

Clearview AI's entire client list stolen in data breach

Clearview AI's entire client list stolen in data breach

James Martin / CNET Clearview AI, a facial-recognition software maker that has sparked privacy concerns, said Wednesday it suffered a data breach.The company has a database of 3 billion photos that it collected from the internet, including websites like YouTube, Facebook, Venmo and LinkedIn. New York City-based Clearview said the database of images wasn't hacked.

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

“Most of the answers to security questions like these are easily acquired by hackers,” Tom Lysemose Hansen, founder of mobile app security vendor Promon, explains, “using simple trial-and-error methods based on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and even Wikipedia data, which give away much of our personal and family details.” Indeed, it’s incredible, and incredibly worrying, what a simple Google search can uncover.

1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

The data within the three different PDL indexes also varied slightly, some focusing on scraped LinkedIN information, email addresses and phone numbers, while other indexes provided information on individual social media profiles such as a person’s Facebook, Twitter, and Github URLs. According to their website, the PDL application can be used to search: Over 1.5 Billion unique people, including close to 260 million in the US.

1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

It does, though, contain profiles of hundreds of millions of people that include home and cell phone numbers, associated social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Github, work histories seemingly scraped from LinkedIn, almost 50 million unique phone numbers, and 622 million unique email addresses.

LinkedIn Asks Court To Reconsider Decision Allowing HiQ To Scrape Data

LinkedIn Asks Court To Reconsider Decision Allowing HiQ To Scrape Data

The ruling, issued last month by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, requires LinkedIn to allow publicly available data about its users to be scraped by hiQ.

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected LinkedIn’s effort to stop a San Francisco company from using information that users of the professional networking website have deemed public.

Commentary: LinkedIn Learning policy violates library patrons' privacy

Commentary: LinkedIn Learning policy violates library patrons' privacy

Under the new LinkedIn Learning policy, library users would be required to create a personal, publicly searchable, profile and agree to LinkedIn’s user agreement and privacy policy before being able to use LinkedIn Learning.

ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to reconsider changes to terms of service that impair library users’ privacy rights

ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to reconsider changes to terms of service that impair library users’ privacy rights

“The requirement for users of LinkedIn Learning to disclose personally identifiable information is completely contrary to ALA policies addressing library users’ privacy, and it may violate some states’ library confidentiality laws,” said ALA President Wanda Kay Brown.

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Like Apple, Twitter is also under three different investigations with one each for Google, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn and US digital advertising company Quantcast.

Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

Between all eight databases, there was a combined total of approximately 60 million records that contained what appeared to be scraped public information of LinkedIn users.

LinkedIn is becoming China's go-to platform for recruiting foreign spies

LinkedIn is becoming China's go-to platform for recruiting foreign spies

McClurg said the law school where he worked as an adjunct professor last year received an open invitation for an all-expenses paid trip to participate in a legal conference at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

APNewsBreak: Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

APNewsBreak: Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

___ The first message reached Bahr Abdul Razzak, a Syrian refugee who works as a Citizen Lab researcher, Dec. 6, when a man calling himself Gary Bowman got in touch via LinkedIn. The man described himself as a South African financial technology executive based in Madrid.

How to stop using social media

How to stop using social media

But I have gained a reasonable professional following on Twitter and LinkedIn, and a smaller one on Facebook (mostly because I’ve mostly used it for actual friends and family). I’m saying that email (and listservs) can probably be considered a sound substitute for social media.

LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo

LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo

Zhou, who said he posted content such as articles and photos on LinkedIn only “sporadically”, had most recently posted a message ahead of the new year on behalf of his organisation, Humanitarian China , that mentioned the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

First, the DPC found that LinkedIn in the US had obtained emails for 18 million people who were not already members of the social network, and then used these in a hashed form for targeted advertisements on the Facebook platform, “with the absence of instruction from the data controller” — that is, LinkedIn Ireland — “as is required.”

LinkedIn used 18 million non-user e-mails to target Facebook ads

LinkedIn used 18 million non-user e-mails to target Facebook ads

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission issued a report last week (via TechCrunch) that covered its activities during the first six months of 2018, in which it highlighted a complaint against LinkedIn. It found that the company used millions of e-mail addresses of non-LinkedIn users to target ads on Facebook.

LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising

LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising

The Data Protection Commissioner conducted an audit of the multinational LinkedIn Ireland, home to the company’s EU headquarters, after it became concerned with “systemic” issues in relation to how the company was processing the personal data of people who were not members of the network.

LinkedIn cuts off email address exports with new privacy setting

LinkedIn cuts off email address exports with new privacy setting

Now LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that “This is a new setting that gives our members even more control of their email address on LinkedIn. If you take a look at the setting titled ‘Who can download your email’, you’ll see we’ve added a more detailed setting that defaults to the strongest privacy option.