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

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 Anonymous Coward

    That one day, my four little children...will one day be able to use Slashdot without the beta layout.

  • by tkrotchko ( 124118 ) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @11:44PM (#46207471) Homepage

    The little utility it had at one time was ruined when they decided to sell your information to salespeople so they can "link" with you and try to sell you stuff.

    One thing I don't need is more salespeople contacting me and wanting to sell me stuff.

    Also their random-recommendations has been a joke from day 1.

    I have to ask why anybody even uses the service any more.

    • 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 Anonymous Coward

        You should delete your Slashdot account as well.

        Fuck beta.

        • Slashdot is only worthless because of anonymous fuckheads who insist on posting crap like this on completely unrelated subjects.

          Seriously get over yourself.

        • you should spend your time here as it is targeted at your mental age group and take all your supporters with you
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Recruiter are paper pushers Had this one tell me I did not have enough security experience, based on my resume. Told him I could send him an updated resume if he sent me his public key... I never heard back from the moron. Wonder if he has recommendations for security in his profile

        • Asking a recruiter for a public key, while satisfying probably didn't help with your chance of getting a job.

          There's no need for Recruiters and HR to have the kind of technical skills you need for your position.

      • I've never worked for a single company that gave a rats backside about linked-in (or facebook) profiles. Sure , on occasion when I've interviewed I've done a google on the candidate but thats about it. We always went by the CV. End.

        "quite a few job postings require LinkedIn as the only method of application"

        I would suggest you avoid those sort of idiotic companies then. Though I'm not convinced they actually exist outside of your mind.

        You have heard of job search websites, right?

        • by laffer1 ( 701823 )

          Then it must be true because of your anecdotal evidence. Seriously, it's gotten me jobs and I've looked at linked in profiles when deciding on candidates.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Actually, I run a niche business and at least 60% of business comes from word of mouth off LinkedIn. Not bad for free.

    • by hsmith ( 818216 )
      The worst part to me is the useless shit spam recruiting emails. No, I don't want your shitty job with a shitty description - nor will I do your job and recommend a friend.

      Strangest of all is LinkedIn has an amazing social graph on you, yet they show you the most mundane and useless articles - which you'd have no interest in.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      One thing I don't need is more salespeople contacting me and wanting to sell me stuff.

      Have you tried reading LinkedIn on a Nokia Lumia 1025? It's a designer phone that even makes LinkedIn better.

      Try the new Nokia Lumia 1025 with Microsoft Windows 8.1. It's very popular.

  • 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. [] is the beginning of the new /. alternative
    • 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

      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.

      • Thanks, and thanks again for the pointer to comp.misc. I hope everyone who stays enjoys classic slashdot while they can.

    • I registered there yesterday. I do hope that Soylent [] doesn't sue. I realize they're both named after the movie, but it will likely lead to confusion when people google the words soylent and news.
  • 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 rmstar ( 114746 )

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

      Without us Slashdot is just another lame webscraper.

      The kind of strident and petulant arrogance reflected in this and other similar comment makes me look forward to the slashcott, when all the morons like you just stay away. If you take a story this one, and substract the ant-beta vandalism from the comments, you end up with a very high level discussion forum.

      And to the people suggesting usenet as an alternative: hell yeah,

      • But given the nature of modern employment, I see little alternative to being a member, unfortunately.


        I've never been on linkedin or ANY other social network, yet never had a problem getting jobs.

        In fact, I find it to be a plus since many gigs in the past have been security related, with clearances required.

  • Piece of shit (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    LinkedIn sucks hardcore balls to begin with. People deserve whatever compromises they get if they use it.

  • 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, 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 for more details.

    For a Free Slashdot - Join the Slashcott!

    • by SpzToid ( 869795 )

      I tried to visit, and it is not loading. OpenDNS didn't display the error-code, but there's no server.

      Maybe /. could setup an alternate channel for folks to vent, so those of us that would just to take a break from working or whatnot can read some nerdy news once in a while?

      Miss you all, the vocal bunch you are. Best of luck. Let me know how things work out, but please don't abuse the news or comments on the news.

    • just fuck off and boycott to your hearts content, i totally fed up with it. get to the head of the queue and go now
  • Thanks for the memory
    Of Taco in command
    Establishing his brand
    Of News for Nerds
    Both gems and turds
    Distracting us as planned
    How lovely it was

    Thanks for the memory
    Of Slashdot in its prime
    With articles sublime
    Before the corporate suits
    In search of low hung fruits
    Had lost a single dime
    How lovely it was

    Thanks for the memory
    When commenters would jest
    Inform, or interest
    With points bestown
    Or karma blown
    Such fun - who would have guessed?
    How lovely it was

    Good night, and God bless.

  • Slashcott! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by LaminatorX ( 410794 ) <sabotage&praecantator,com> on Monday February 10, 2014 @01:29AM (#46207833) Homepage

    This site used to be great. Even in it's latter days, it's been good. That is poised to change. Before long, it will be mediocre, and ordinary.

    I didn't see a problem when Dice Holdings initially bought Slashdot. I figured there would be efforts to drive nerd traffic towards their job listings and such. That was fine. We all need jobs.

    Things have changed now. Beyond the shifts in story choices, the slashvertisements, and so on, something fundamental has changed: Slashdot's owners do not appreciate it.

    Their recent financials show that they have written its value as an asset down to zero. They have legally claimed it to be worthless. That is at the root of what is happening now. They want to fundamentally change the nature of this site in order to remake it into something with big growth potential.

    Beta is just the latest symptom of this disease. It will not be the last. In striving to make it into s site that will bring them a growing user base and growing revenue per user, they have shown a willingness to dumb down the interface in the name of making it more accessible to newcomers, to cast aside essential elements of decade-spanning community culture, and to plow ahead with changes in the face of overwhelmingly negative user feedback.

    This is not going to change. This will not go away. I will not support it. I will be gone for this entire week, in protest. While away, I will work to create a new community where things can be run with quality user discussions as the paramount objective.

    Be seeing you.

  • 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.

  • by Lisias ( 447563 ) on Monday February 10, 2014 @07:18AM (#46208793) Homepage Journal

    LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers'

    They shutdown the site?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.