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Sell Hack Plug-in Exposes LinkedIn Emails

A free plug-in available in Google Chrome is to be taken to court by LinkedIn over privacy and security concerns.

‘Sell Hack’ is a Chrome extension, supposedly created for marketing professionals, that reveals the email addresses of users. The plug-in works by installing a ‘hack in’ button to LinkedIn profiles, users can then view the email address registered with that account, a feature that users have not agreed to via LinkedIn’s privacy policy.

LinkedIn is taking legal action against Sell Hack for exposing user’s personal information without their consent. In the meantime it is advised that any users of Sell Hack remove the extension from their browser and caution is taken when installing any third party plug-in, extension and app.


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