LinkedIn in hacking suit
NEW YORK: LinkedIn Corp, owner of the world's most popular professional-networking website, was sued by customers who claim the company appropriated their identities for marketing purposes by hacking into their external email accounts and downloading contacts' addresses.
The customers, who aim to lead a group suit against LinkedIn, asked a federal judge in San Jose, California, to bar the company from repeating the alleged violations and to force it to return any revenue stemming from its use of their identities to promote the site to non-members, according to a court filing.
"LinkedIn's own website contains hundreds of complaints regarding this practice," they said in the complaint filed on September 17, which also seeks unspecified damages.
LinkedIn claims to have the largest online professional network with more than 238 million members, including executives from every Fortune 500 company. Bloomberg