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posted by NCommander on Thursday April 03 2014, @12:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the how-is-this-possible? dept.

The BBC is reporting that the email addresses of LinkedIn users can be exposed via a web browser add on. A LinkedIn spokesman told the BBC "We are doing everything we can to shut Sell Hack down. On 31 March LinkedIn's legal team delivered Sell Hack a cease-and-desist letter as a result of several violations"

NCommander adds: Sell Hack is a plugin for Chrome that allows you to retrieve emails from LinkedIn itself. The article goes on to say that Sell Hack is complying with the cease and desist, but actual details remain somewhat light. If anyone is familiar with the inner works of this plugin, I'll amend this article to include the details.

This isn't LinkedIn's first battle with third party services

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:14AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:14AM (#25280)

    From reading the article it seems to me that linkedins complaint is not actually about the e-mail thingy (which it doesn't seem to extract from linkedin) bu the fact that it harvests the end users linkedin data, it's spyware targeting their platform. Seems like a good thing to object to imo.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:20AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:20AM (#25281) Homepage

    You can't go to any Linkedin profile anymore without being redirected to a login/create account page. 100% of the time, when not too long ago they'd at least let you view 1 or 2 profiles without the redirect.

    Fuck 'em. If you're good enough at anything except social media you don't need a Linkedin account to get hired anyway.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:33AM (#25282)

      Meh, I couldn't care less if they were a NSA funded microsoft developed version of facebook powered by the blood of sacrificed virgins. I've never been to their site, just interested in accurate discussion.

      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 03 2014, @04:26AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 03 2014, @04:26AM (#25335)

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