June 20, 2018
Thanks to the Internet, backups and the very journalists who produce this material, a copy was made of the LinkedIn profile database of ICE employees. Not the core reason I dropped LinkedIn, but such a network of this nature to me is counter-productive, invasive, and your employers know too much at this point. It’s only LinkedIn, sure, but the same trackers used within the platform could be set to compare data with other third-parties, and help compile their agenda or make additions to your already pressed advertiser portfolio.
Imagine harvesting data not limited to:
- Where someone worked
- What their connections are
- Are those connections from work or outside of work?
- Do these connections exist on other platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
- What times does this person login and logoff?
- Where else do they hover on the Internet?
According to Obscene Works (source):
The data was assembled by Sam Lavigne of http://lav.io, and was published as a repository on GitHub, and announced via an article on Medium.com (link to a copy below, as the original has since been deleted by corporate.)
Github was just acquired by Microsoft, and it didn’t take long for Microsoft to make their first move in protecting their sub-companies. LinkedIn is also owned by Microsoft. However, we can’t say if this was strings pulled by Github or Microsoft. Medium.com and Twitter also deleted associated content.
From Lavigne on June 19 (from Google Docs titled cache):SamLavgneGoogleDoc
The Verge (source):
Both the GitHub database and the Medium post outlining the project are no longer available. Lavigne said in an email that “Medium suspended the post because they felt it was doxing.” The Medium page now simply reads “unavailable,” while the GitHub page says “this repository has been disabled.” Twitter accounts that were posting the information were also suspended.
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