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LinkedIn Files Lawsuit to Battle Profile Scraping Bots

Citing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the professional social network filed suit against 100 individuals for the use of bots that intentionally violate their terms of service and, as LinkedIn claims, multiple state and federal laws. The publicly available court filing document includes some information about how the organization combats bots and profile scraping, as well as some measures the alleged abusers are taking.

Filed in early August, LinkedIn is seeking to identify 100 “Doe Defendants,” or currently unknown parties, that have been using automated software programs to extract or scrape data from LinkedIn pages since December 2015. The case accuses these persons or entities of utilizing a massive botnet to avoid their abuse and bot detection systems, claiming that this activity constitutes “unauthorized access” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

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