LinkedIN sued for hacking email accounts

  • A group of LinkedIN users have sued the company, claiming it hacked their email accounts to get a hold of their contacts for marketing.

    "If a LinkedIN user leaves an external email account open, LinkedIN pretends to be that user and downloads the email addresses contained anywhere in that account to LinkedIN's servers," mentions the complaint. 

    The plaintiffs said LinkedIN doesn't ask for the "password for the external email account" and sends the users' endorsement emails after obtaining the information without the users' consent. 

    People have complained to LinkedIN after the site sent out hundreds of emails to people in their names but the company said it doesn't know what happened. 

    "We believe that the legal claims in this lawsuit are without merit, and we intend to fight it vigorously," LinkedIN said. 

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