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LinkedIn hacked, many of your connections might not be real

LinkedIn, the social network for professional people and recruiters has reportedly been hacked. This vicious act has been going around since late May 2013 and have had profile data of many of its users compromised. LinkedIn says that it has now fixed those security loopholes.

 

Interestingly, the way the hackers defaced LinkedIn’s security is quite gripping. Instead of the regulars – using any phishing or keylogging malware, the hackers made fake profiles to connect with legit people. Once a profile has connected to another profile, all the information about that profile – including their achievements, history, the place they live, resumes and CVs etc, can be viewed and saved. This is what those fake programmed profiles did. They made connections with people and started retrieving their information.

 

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