LinkedIn is a great resource for networking, finding a new job, keeping up with old colleagues and co-workers. Unfortunately, it's also a great resource for scammers, spam emails and hackers, as we've become all too familiar with this year.
Now, LinkedIn has gone to court, filing a lawsuit in an attempt to find out who, or what, created a botnet that has been constantly attacking the site, stealing an "undisclosed amount of data." The hope is that the lawsuit will get Internet Service Providers (ISP) and networks working to identify the hackers and help prevent such actions in the future.
The good news, if there is any, is that these bots haven't yet been able to steal any confidential or sensitive data. That means this is classified as an incident or attack rather than an actual breach, but the threat is still very real.
So far, these bots have created thousands of fake profiles hiding behind hidden IP addresses to scrape data made public on LinkedIn - and LinkedIn is working day and night to take these profiles down. But, if LinkedIn wants to keep its users safe, which it does, it will need help from ISPs to help protect its 400 million members from threats like this.