LinkedIn sued profile collector2014-03-21 | Comebuy News
LinkedIn has filed a lawsuit against unknown which it accuses using the Amazon Cloud member data on a large scale to have collected. It demands damages and a trial before a jury. The identity of the persons concerned could easily be determined if the authorities on Amazon turned, it says.
Data collection began in may 2013, but lasted in this year. The attackers of created LinkedIn according to "thousands" fake profiles, in which are then bots logged a, to get information and to store them on Amazon EC2 systems.
The bots should have obtained each day hundreds of thousands of profiles. They succeeded also to bypass, including CAPTCHA tests and the FUSE system which actually should restrict the number of actions of individual users on a reasonable level, to discover automated accesses a series of protection measures. And also LinkedIns system Sentinel not stopped them, which is intended to prevent actually repeated requests from a single IP address.
For the time being you have can remove the false profiles and set up additional defenses, it says further. If they could continue but threaten "lasting and irreparable damage".
[with material by Tom Brewster, TechWeekEurope.co.uk]
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