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LinkedIn Is Full Of Spies, Is This True?

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LinkedIn Is Full Of Spies, Is This Is True?

What types of user are you of LinkedIn? The type that accepts requests from individuals you know only “connects?” Or is there a blanket accepter connecting to all who ask?

LinkedIn Is Full Of Spies, Is This Is True?

Fortunately, many U.S. government officials and political intelligentsia are falling into the latter camp for the American public! Which makes LinkedIn a prime hunting ground for… foreign spies?!

According to a new report from the Associated Press, foreign intelligence operations routinely use LinkedIn to target, connect with, and eventually gain knowledge about and influence over American political affairs.

These operations create fake LinkedIn profiles, boasting impressive (imaginary) credentials alongside computer-generated photos, which send connection requests to politicians, lobbyists, academics, or think tank employees. Once one person accepts, that bolsters the fake account’s credibility, so other high-profile LinkedIn users accept, too, and so it goes.

These profiles send out tens of thousands of connection requests at a time. And, apparently, there have been multiple independent cases of American figures being targeted by Russian or Chinese spy operations via connections they unwittingly accepted on LinkedIn.

The AP spoke with multiple D.C. figures, including a former Trump administration official, who had accepted a connection request from political expert “Katie Jones.” None of Jones’ credentials checked out, and experts determined that her photo was generated by A.I., so Jones, by all accounts, does not exist. But the person running the account still had the ability to direct message with political influencers, posing as a colleague.

LinkedIn told the AP that it removes fake accounts; indeed, it removed Jones’ account shortly after the AP inquired about Katie Jones. But as multiple other social networks have demonstrated, a reactionary stance in the fight against fake activity online is an insufficient one.

AND IN THE CASE OF LINKEDIN AS A BREEDING GROUND FOR ESPIONAGE, THAT’S NOT ENOUGH.

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