LinkedIn Scraped by Bad Bots in Massive Scale Attack

August 30, 2016 Rami Essaid

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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Rami Essaid

Rami Essaid is the Chief Product and Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Distil Networks, the first easy and accurate way to identify and police malicious website traffic, blocking 99.9% of bad bots without impacting legitimate users. With over 12 years in telecommunications, network security, and cloud infrastructure management, Rami continues to advise enterprise companies around the world, helping them embrace the cloud to improve their scalability and reliability while maintaining a high level of security.

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