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 didnít know, with almost a third (32 percent) stating they would send a password, bank account number or their motherís maiden name via email or a social networking website, say the result of a recent Faronics survey exploring UK web usersí attitudes to online security.
During March 2012, GFI Labs documented several spam attacks and malware-laden email campaigns infiltrating usersí 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.
Emails purportedly coming from business-related social network LinkedIn have been hitting inboxes in the last couple of days, ostensibly reminding recipients of invitations they received: Unfortunately, the offered links take the users to a website hosting the BlackHole exploit kit, and if successful in taking advantage of existing vulnerabilities, it installs the well-known credential-stealing Cridex Trojan on the victims' machine.
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