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Professional network LinkedIn is fighting off shady competitors that are using bots to vacuum up hundreds of thousands of its user profiles in order to compete with LinkedIn’s own recruiter products, according to a new lawsuit.
In a complaint filed this week in San Francisco, LinkedIn asked a court to grant orders that will allow it to stop a group of “John Does” from scraping its servers, and to make the unknown defendants pay for allegedly breaching federal and state hacking statutes as well as a variety of other laws.
LinkedIn explained that since May of 2013, unknown people have been deploying a wave of bots that create thousands of fake profiles in order to interact with real LinkedIn users and siphon their user profiles. LinkedIn Takes Legal Action To Stop Site Scrapers Stealing Profiles [gigaom.com]
In order to identify the creator of the bots, LinkedIn said it will issue discovery orders to Amazon Web Services, which the defendants are using to create and store information related to the fake profiles.