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April 2, 2014

LinkedIn Warns About Hack In Tool

Enables Personal E-mail Information to be Obtained

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A new browser extension is allowing visitors to LinkedIn to get a little more information on members.

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The popular social network site has issued a cease and desist letter to Sell Hack, a site that adds a ‘Hack In’ tool to LinkedIn pages.

By using the tool, people can access users’ personal e-mail addresses, regardless if they are connected to the person’s account.

Sell Hack‘s site isn’t secretive about its tools as it states, plainly, that users can uncover “previously hidden e-mail addresses while searching Social Profiles.”

The site does not appear to target just LinkedIn, either. The FAQ section explains once a user installs the tool they can visit a “Social profile page,” click the button and wait for results.

“Often, we can return a validated e-mail for you. If we don’t received a validation response, we’ll present a ‘copy all’ button to copy and paste the list for your own uses: i.e. check your own data sources or BCC e-mail the entire list etc.,” the site states.

As reported by GigaOm, LinkedIn has not taken kindly to the tool.

The site quotes from a statement received from a spokesperson noting users are being warned about Sell Hack.

“We advise LinkedIn members to protect themselves and to use caution before downloading any third-party extension or app,” the statement reads. “Often times, as with the Sell Hack case, extensions can upload your private LinkedIn information without your explicit consent.”


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.