Hackers create fake LinkedIn accounts
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LinkedIn sues over hacking
Professional networking site LinkedIn said hackers using automated software created thousands of fake member accounts and copied data from actual member profile pages.
The practice, known as data scraping, violates LinkedIn’s user agreements and federal and state computer fraud laws, the company said in a complaint filed against the unknown hackers in federal court in San Francisco.
It has also strained and disrupted the company’s network computers and threatens to degrade the value of LinkedIn Recruiter, a fee-based service used by Fortune 100 companies that’s one of the company’s fastest-growing offerings, according to the complaint.
Since May hackers have circumvented LinkedIn’s security programs and created thousands of member accounts, which allows them to view hundreds of thousands of member profiles each day, the company said in the complaint.
The defendants accessed LinkedIn using a cloud computer platform offered by Amazon Web Services, it said. LinkedIn expects to identify those who created the fake accounts by serving subpoenas on the Amazon service, it said. Amazon.com isn’t named as a defendant.
Apple sales hit a record
Apple says people spent more than $10 billion in its App Store last year, on apps such as “Minecraft” and “Angry Birds Star Wars” games and the Sleep Cycle alarm clock.
December was the most successful month in the store’s history, as customers spent $1 billion that month. Apple says the year’s total was also a record.
There are more than a million apps available in the App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Besides games, there are newspapers, magazines, travel, business and health and fitness apps, among others.
More efficient set-top boxes
Environmental advocates, government regulators and the cable and satellite television industry have reached a landmark agreement to save an estimated $1 billion a year in energy costs by making TV set-top boxes more efficient.
The voluntary agreement aims to make an estimated 90 million boxes in people’s homes as much as 45 percent more energy-efficient by 2017. The boxes are considered energy hogs because they always are on, even when the television is turned off.
The upgraded boxes could save enough power to run 700,000 homes, according to theNatural Resources Defense Council, one of the deal brokers.
“It’s extremely significant when household names like Comcast, Motorola, DirecTV and AT&T all acknowledge that their TV set-top boxes are using billions of dollars’ worth of electricity each year,” said Noah Horowitz, a senior scientist at the council’s San Francisco office.
Jelly helps you seek answers
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone thinks a picture can be more meaningful than 140 characters of text.
That’s the concept behind a smartphone application released Tuesday by Jelly Industries. Stone founded the San Francisco startup nine months ago without revealing what he was working on.
Jelly’s free app for iPhones and phones running on Android allows people to tap into the collective knowledge within their networks on Twitter’s short-messaging service and Facebook’s online hangout to find answers about things that puzzle them. The questions are accompanied by a photo of the object that sparked the curiosity.