LinkedIn being targeted by fake CISO Profile Positions in Large Companies

LinkedIn has publicly announced that for some reasons, its servers are being targeted by fake CISO Profiles that disclose vacant positions at large multinational companies. However, the profiles when probed are found to be fake and being targeted from Asian & African countries that have nothing to do with the company operations or vacancies.

Krebs On Security received this update from the professional social media giant and initiated an inquiry along with the public disclosure.

A LinkedIn source based on the condition of anonymity is viewing this activity as a part of a larger cyber attack campaign. And is seeing this ongoing campaign as a threat to distribute espionage or malware related tools into the network.

To curtail such profile attacks, the networking website is apparently taking the help of Artificial Intelligence to neutralize such campaigns. It produced in the press update that the monitoring tools block over 15 million fake accounts between July 1st and December 31st of 2021 and over 19 million so far in this year.

NOTE- In September 2022, Facebook’s Parent company META released an update that it is witnessing the rise of fake accounts from Russia and China, possibly aiming to derail the Mid-term elections of US 2022 polls to be held in November. The Mark Zuckerberg’s company has also revealed that it is taking the help of AI technology to weed out such profiles that are aimed at circulating disinformation and bias amongst the US Populace.


Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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