It has been a tough 24 hours for LinkedIn. First they were accused of storing users' potentially confidential private and business information on the company servers without their knowledge, and then it has been discovered that a batch of what are allegedly the LinkedIn passwords of some 6.5 million users was published on a Russian forum.
The LinkedIn mobile app for iOS devices has been discovered sending potentially confidential private and business information to the company servers without the users' knowledge.
Although the majority of people (71 percent) are worried about the amount of personal information held online, a significant proportion would still share confidential information with people they didn’t know, with almost a third (32 percent) stating they would send a password, bank account number or their mother’s maiden name via email or a social networking website, say the result of a recent Faronics survey exploring UK web users’ attitudes to online security.
During March 2012, GFI Labs documented several spam attacks and malware-laden email campaigns infiltrating users’ systems under the guise of communications purporting to be from well-known companies and promotions for popular products and services.
Thirteen individuals have filed a lawsuit against a number of app makers including Path, Facebook, Instagram, Yelp and Rovio, accusing them of uploading the information stored in their mobile phones' address book to their servers and using the appropriated data for their own ends, Venture Beat reports.
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