LinkedIn sues Singapore-based firm for unauthorised data scraping

LinkedIn has filed a lawsuit against Mantheos, a Singapore-based data solutions provider, and its founders for “unauthorised scraping of millions of LinkedIn member profiles”. LinkedIn said in a statement that Mantheos “fraudulently obtained” LinkedIn Sales Navigator subscriptions by using a network of hundreds of fake LinkedIn member accounts and virtual debit cards under fake names. The company then used the subscriptions to scrape member profile information that should only be available for viewing on LinkedIn in the logged-in environment by other real, logged-in LinkedIn members.