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LinkedIn Sues After Scraping Of User Data

LinkedIn wants Amazon to turn over names of people it says registered fake LinkedIn accounts to extract users' data.

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Ravirajlh
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Ravirajlh,
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4/13/2015 | 7:26:03 AM
Re: They didn't block Amazon?
Yeah,  you can block list of IPs including amazon. But Blocking an IP Doesn't Really Block a Bot. 

There are 1000s of more such players who are scraping you every day. The best way is to opt for a preventive measure rather than going for legal suits when the content is stolen. 

You can opt for some 3rd party scraping prevention solution like ShieldSquare which does the job for you. They analyse each and every web request of your website and isolate bot traffic from the genuine users. 

 

Laurianne
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1/9/2014 | 2:30:38 PM
Tough on users
This puts LinkedIn users in a hard spot. Unlike Facebook, a LinkedIn account really isn't optional in many recruiting/HR pros' minds.
imoyse
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imoyse,
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1/9/2014 | 1:37:33 PM
Ways to protect
This will be a continuing issue with all social media sites - easy to fix get each user to validate with something more personal such as a unique and valid credit card that wont be charged and gets deleted after validation. Hence the attackers could do it with stolen details, but adds another layer of effort to them and validating a name on a card or bank details such as paypal does would eliminate this. You could then mark those accounts as a validated account and others as unvalidated.
Thomas Claburn
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1/8/2014 | 5:00:24 PM
Re: They didn't block Amazon?
I wonder what would happen to AWS if there were a cloud computing equivalent of the banking industry's know-your-customer rule (anti-money laundering), designed to prevent abuse?
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anon8235765820,
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1/8/2014 | 3:05:22 PM
They didn't block Amazon?
I'm really surprised.  Like myself, most webmasters I know block Amazon IP addresses.  Amazon is the Web's leading source of bad actors (worse than Russia and China put together). 

 
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