British spies hacked into the routers and networks of a Belgian telecommunications company by tricking telecom engineers into clicking on malicious LinkedIn and Slashdot pages, according to documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Once engineers with Belgacom clicked on the fake pages, malware was installed surreptitiously onto their machines, giving the spooks with Britain’s GCHQ the ability to penetrate the internal networks of Belgacom and its subsidiary BICS.
LinkedIn's Q3 report didn't inspire the kind of confidence in investors that the social network likely wanted. Part of that has to be due to the weak outlook for the fourth quarter.
Another reason is likely the growing number of security and privacy worries surrounding one of LinkedIn's newest products, Intro.
LinkedIn has responded to criticism over its new Intro product, stating that many things that have been said are "not correct or purely speculative".
Last week, the company launched the service, which acts as a proxy service between a user and an email provider, intercepting emails in order to inject LinkedIn information for them.
LinkedIn is denying claims that it "hacked" email accounts provided by users during registration, as claimed in a recent class-action suit.
In the complaint filed last Tuesday in a California U.S. District Court, plaintiffs Paul Perkins, Pennie Sempell, Ann Brandwein and Erin Eggers claimed that LinkedIn “hacked” external email addresses it requested in the sign up process to “extract email addresses” of their contacts.
Jordan Harbinger, co-founder of The Art of Charm, a dating and social dynamics instruction school, isn't a hacker. But he used his basic knowledge of the social scene in order to social engineer people with Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) clearances on LinkedIn.