Getting LinkedIn to stop spamming you

I made a conscious decision to quit LinkedIn – details here:

Yet, they keep spamming me:

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It seems (can someone verify this?) that these invitations originate from LinkedIn’s Outlook Plugin that some of my former contacts are using. That’s kinda wrong already, given that the EMail comes from LinkedIn, not from my contact (i.e. contacts tell LinkedIn to EMail me, which they do without my consent.). I don’t think that’s ok from a data privacy perspective. It might be a different thing legally if the plugin just generated an email that my contacts could send, but it would still be just as annoying.

Where I draw the line is the reminders: in order to do that LinkedIn has to a) store my data and b) keep emailing me without my consent. The email does contain an “unsubscribe” (…) link which implies I opted in to receiving the emails. Let’s see if that works.

Today I also found a (well hidden) form to put yourself on LinkedIn’s “Do Not Contact List”. I did that – reluctantly – it’s ironic that I have to allow them to store my data in order to prevent them spamming me.

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If you have me in your contact list and you’re using LinkedIn, please try to add me to your contacts. Let’s see how good their “privacy” mechanisms really work…

Bye bye LinkedIn, thanks for nothing.

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Every time I get one of these “Unknown spammer xxx’s invitation is waiting for your response I’m thinking “I should really delete my account there”. Then life goes on, and you add another few people that you actually do know.

And then this: LinkedIn sued by users who say it hacked their e-mail accounts

Today I saw a tweet pointing to the new user agreement, and that may just be too much :

“Additionally, you grant LinkedIn a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid up and royalty-free right to us to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, process, analyze, use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, any information you provide, directly or indirectly to LinkedIn, including, but not limited to, any user generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques and/or data to the services, you submit to LinkedIn, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or to any third parties.”

I don’t think I do.

Account deleted.

Service link: this is how you do it

2013-10-24: More proof that LinkedIn will do ANYTHING to get at your data:

Twitter needs better anti-spam heuristics

If you ever tweeted something with “iPad” in the text this probably has happened to you: within a few minutes you’ll receive a tweet like the one above with some cryptic link, or the promise of a new iPad. While I discourage clicking on links in any case (we spent years educating users to verify links from unknown sources, the Twitter and its shortlinks came along…), this just shouls not be possible in the first place.

Behaviour like this should be easy enough to catch, really.

  • New account, no or extremely few followers, tweets all @-replies
  • Almost all posts include linls, which are mostly identical (or lead to the same site)

If you identify this, block the account for @-replies until they can somehow verify. Or set a quota for the number of followers vs. @-replies.

Really annoying, it’s a disgrace Twitter has not been acting on this yet.

Wie wird man diesen Yahoo Groups Spam los???

Diese Art EMail kriege ich in letzter Zeit häufiger. Na klar kann ich dann unsubscriben (ein Prozess der jedesmal einige Minuten dauert) und sogar noch eine Abuse-Meldung an Yahoo schicken, was aber ausser Arbeit auch keinen Mehrwert bringt.

Wieso kann man bei Yahoo eigentlich willkürlich EMail Adressen in Gruppen einladen? Ich weiss nicht was das Ziel ist – ich kann nur vermuten dass man auf diese Weise an einen Verteiler für Werbung kommt, der von Spam Filtern nicht erkannt wird (schliesslich will man ja emails von seinen Gruppen zulassen).

Die Privacy Settings geben leider nichts her:

Ich würde erwarten dass Yahoo das unterbindet – wie ist eure Erfahrung damit? Habt ihr eine Idee wie man das loswird?

Cisco automatically spamming Twitter?

This is strange: 5 minutes ago i twittered this:

” Installed new Cisco 5-port mini switch – connection to my Zyxel NSA-220 is a LOT faster now”

A minute later, I receive this email:

“Cisco IT (ciscoit) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out Cisco IT’s profile here:

You tell me that’s not a bot? Can anybody else try to verify this (just tweet something with “cisco” in the text).

(Cool – that post made Network World. Still not entirely sure what to think of this. Sure, the “new follower” is not spamming me with messages, but the technique used is exactly that of other Twitter spammers: follow me to make me look at their page.)

New spam wave

A new wave of spam emails has been coming through my GMail (GAFYD) spam filter recently:

“der mineralbusiness entwickelt sich schnell!
sehen sie es am donnerstag 7. juni!

entreprise: harri expl inc
letzt. schlu?k: 0.45 prog.: 1.80

k,?rzel: e f d
w-k,n : a 0 h 0 5 q

verlieren sie keine moglichkeit
kau-fen vor es sehr spat wird

300-400 Interessen in folgenden 5t
fugen sie efd in ihre liste am
donnerstag 7. juni!

Das Schaf, das du willst, steckt da drin. So, du Samana, sind.

Tun, aber sagen und lehren kann man sie nicht. Die seine ist.
Obwohl. Der Geograph ist zu wichtig, um herumzustreunen.
Durst mehr fXhlte. Aber in meiner Herrscherweisheit.”

They seem to frame their distorted messages with literature which they automatically translate. I’m not sure what’s more annoying – the fact that they get through, or the fact that there must be people who make the effort to decipher that crap and act upon it on the stock markets. Maybe the stock market should introduce maturity checks…