Security Watchdog Calls LinkedIn a ‘Goldmine of Personal Information’ for Hackers


A computer security expert says he was able to find the personal details of virtually anyone he needed to online. This technique allows hackers to compile personal details and commit identity fraud and other online crimes.

As this article on Security Watchdog points out, “he gave the example of a hacker who could trawl LinkedIn for new job starters, then email a victim who had just begun a job, pretending to be from the new firm’s IT or HR team. It’s only a small step from there to persuading the victim to click on a malicious link or volunteer some sensitive financial information.”

While the article mentions LinkedIn as a “particular goldmine of personal information for hackers,” the article also includes a prepared statement from LinkedIn. The company notes that users of its online professional network ” have full control over what information you share with your connections and beyond.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first time someone has made the connection between LinkedIn and potential identity theft — it’s previously been called a Rolodex of fraud.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.