One of the risks of using social media networks is having information you intend to share with only a handful of friends be made available to everyone. Sometimes that over-sharing happens because friends betray your trust, but more worrisome are the cases in which a social media platform itself exposes your data in the name of marketing.
LinkedIn is shutting down Intro, its recently launched mobile service for connecting people over email, that raised security concerns.
LinkedIn launched Intro last October, as part of a larger push into becoming a "mobile first" company. The service was made for the iPhone, and was designed to grab LinkedIn profile information and insert it into emails received on phones. The service displayed that information to the recipient from the email's sender if the sender was also on LinkedIn.
The social network for professionals, LinkedIn, is to acquire Bright, a job-search site that matches employers with potential employees. This is a purchase that makes a lot of sense for LinkedIn, the Facebook of the working world, helping to make it even easier for people to connect across industries. While LinkedIn has around 11 years of experience under its belt, Bright is more a newcomer, having only launched three years ago.
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.