Who would have believed in 2002 when Reid Hoffman was mooting the idea of a professional social network – a kind of Facebook for suits – that it would prove to be an amazing success and grow to in excess of 400 million users?
We blogged last month about how Linkedin, eHarmony and Last.fm all failed their customers in the space of a week. We said at the time that this won’t be the last in a sorry list of customer security fails, and we didn’t have to wait long.
It seems the Iron Curtain may be re-emerging this week as Russian hackers first disclose 6.5m passwords from Linkedin, followed by 1.5m passwords from eHarmony, and then Last.fm with an undisclosed volume. Needless to say, there will be yet more sites added to this sorry list in the coming weeks.
I’ve had the Linkedin app installed on my BlackBerry for some time now, as I make extensive use of the social network for business. It has to be said though, considering that Blackberry has always been considered as ‘the phone of choice’ for business use, the Linkedin app is truly awful, and is a pale imitation of its iPhone and Android counterparts.