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LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers' 70

Posted by timothy
from the remember-me-from-the-slaughterhouse-internship? dept.
angry tapir writes "LinkedIn is shutting down Intro, its recently launched mobile service for connecting people over email, that raised security concerns. Intro was launched last October and described at the time as a 'dream come true for hackers' The service was made for the iPhone, and was designed to grab LinkedIn profile information and insert it into emails received on phones. The service displayed that information to the recipient from the email's sender if the sender was also on LinkedIn."
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LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers'

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  • by KingOfBLASH (620432) on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:10AM (#46207569) Journal

    How about because corporate recruiters and headhunters use it (and seem to like it)?

    I'd delete my linked in profile in a second if not for the fact that a) I'm unemployed and hoping it'll help me get a job and b) my last job came via LinkedIn so I view it as a necessary evil and c) quite a few job postings require LinkedIn as the only method of application.

  • by seandiggity (992657) on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:12AM (#46207585) Homepage
    ...and also removing any /. RSS feeds on my Web portals, with a message explaining the reason for the change to users. http://soylentnews.org/ [soylentnews.org] is the beginning of the new /. alternative
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:16AM (#46207597)

    We are contributors of stories and comments and "News for Nerds, stuff that matters".

    Without us Slashdot is just another lame webscraper.

    If the people of Dice want "Slashdot" to become a dead name like "AOL", well go ahead; you're doing a fine job. Just don't act surprised in a few years when you're sitting on a worthless name wondering what the he'll happened. It's not like you weren't warned.

  • by chebucto (992517) on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:28AM (#46207627) Homepage

    Nice UID! I got mine while trying to get the fabled UID=1,000,000. Not sure who ended up getting that prize.

    Just a reminder, comp.misc on Usenet is being used as a temporary discussion forum. Usenet access is available through eternal-sepetember.org

    Let's hope Dice reverse their decision and cancel plans for Beta. If they don't, though, this is as good a time as any for people to break away from slashdot as a group. Good luck to everyone in the slashcott.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 10, 2014 @01:00AM (#46207737)

    A boycott of slashdot (a 'slashcott') will begin at midnight tonight, and last until midnight on February 17th.

    Plans to replace Slashdot's user interface were first announced in October, 2013. The initial announcement garnered extensive comment, almost exclusively negative. Concerns were raised about the style and the substance of the 'Beta' design. In style, use of images and whitespace meant lower data density and difficult reading. In substance, it became difficult to read the context of comments, or to simply read through a story with more than a dozen comments. User comments are central to what Slashdot is, and many users thought that the Beta design would seriously impede the flow of conversations.

    And so, when it was announced on February 5th that the move over to the Beta design was beginning, users protested the change. For a day, story comment sections were almost completely filled with comments about the plans for Beta.

    Then, on February 6th, Slashdot responded and made concessions. They acknowledged some problems with Beta, and pledged to slow down the switchover.

    The reason given for the switchover to Beta is to have a site that is "more accessible and shareable by a wider audience". For many users, those ill-defined reasons to not justify discarding a discussion system that has evolved over more than fifteen years.

    Users who still demand that plans for Beta be cancelled will be taking part in a Slaschott between February 10th and 17th, and will not be commenting on or visting Slashdot.

    In the meantime, alternatives to Slashdot are being established.

    Many are going to comp.misc on Usenet. For free access to NNTP, see eternal-september.org, which will give you access to comp.misc, as well as other treasures like comp.lang.c

    Others are setting up a a web based alternative to Slashdot, and they could use help. See soylentnews.org for more details.

    For a Free Slashdot - Join the Slashcott!

  • See You Next Monday! (Score:5, Informative)

    by Bob9113 (14996) on Monday February 10, 2014 @01:37AM (#46207855) Homepage

    Have a good week off, Slashdot -- see you next Monday.

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