When looking for a job, we appreciate being contacted on LinkedIn by a recruiter. But beware: thousands of fake recruiters rage on the social network and try to distribute malware. Link din-Logo It's the Wall Street Journal, relayed by Bit Defender, which reveals the information. 10 malicious people have created several thousand fake profiles on LinkedIn to spread viruses. In general, these are false recruiters, “equipped with
an advantageous photo”, to attract candidates. After an initial contact on LinkedIn, these fake profiles contact candidates by email in order to phone number list distribute malware. To create the fake profiles automatically, scripts were used to retrieve credible information about the very real profiles that populate the social network. LinkedIn spotted these suspicious actions and decided to file a complaint in the Court of the Northern District of California. The
fake accounts were created through Amazon Web Services. In its complaint, LinkedIn explains that these fake recruiters can damage the credibility of the social network. Applicants may become suspicious and doubt the authenticity of profiles. A priori, LinkedIn's computer systems were not hacked during the operation. The story does not say what the fake recruiters did with the data retrieved via the social network, including CVs.