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How a Chinese agent used LinkedIn's
'relentless' algorithm to find targets

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Posted By: poster, 7/27/2020 7:58:23 PM

LinkedIn has become the world's leading professional social media site and a way for people to network with their peers. But behind the scenes, it has also become a key hunting ground for spies and hackers who have used it to conduct research and cultivate valuable sources. Last week, a Singaporean man admitted using LinkedIn to target Americans who worked in the defence industry to mine them for information which he then passed to the Chinese government. Jun Wei Yeo wrote in a signed statement published by the US government that trawling the Microsoft-owned social network for new potential targets (snip)which continually suggested new people for him to contact.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 7/27/2020 10:21:46 PM (No. 492486)
While many whom I don't know who contact me via LinkedIn are looking for business or sales opportunities, I occasionally get requests from left field from unknown individuals in an industry totally unrelated to mine (defense). Just an invitation to link up, which is always ignored.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: JHHolliday 7/27/2020 11:28:05 PM (No. 492519)
Same here #1. Some of these contacts are sure to be scams. I have gotten offers from people who say they want to hire me. I am almost 80 and have been retired for 10 years. I keep forgetting to drop them but will do so now.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Strike3 7/28/2020 1:51:31 AM (No. 492560)
Never got involved with this potential scam machine but have received plenty of invitations. It seems to me that it goes through somebody's list of friends and then invites them all, so they can go into their list of friends and so on. No thanks, I'll find my own jobs.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq 7/28/2020 6:02:02 AM (No. 492626)
It's a worm that gets into your email. Like a one-time donation to the local firefighters, you are dunned forever.
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