In a stunning announcement that many business professionals should be tuning into, LinkedIn made public, through a court filing earlier this month, that bad bots have been actively scraping profile data from its site for almost a year.
According to the official complaint, filed in the Northern California U.S. District Court, “during periods of time since December 2015, and to this day, unknown persons and/or entities employing various automated software programs (often referred to as ‘bots’) have extracted and copied data from many LinkedIn pages.”
LinkedIn suffers numerous attacks from content scraping botnets over the course of a year. The amount of data is undisclosed, but the implications of this are huge — as LinkedIn itself details in the court filing, if the bot activity were to continue, the company “will suffer ongoing and irreparable harm to its consumer goodwill and trust, which [it] has worked hard for years to earn and maintain.”
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