The Sell Hack browser extension is no longer functional on LinkedIn pages after the company was accused of spying on peopleâ€™s LinkedIn profiles, Sell Hack announced in a blog post.
The plugin seemed to disclose a private LinkedIn account email address with a simple click. Once added to a Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser, it featured a â€œHack inâ€ button to the top section of a LinkedIn profile. Clicking it revealed what appeared to be the ownerâ€™s email address.
Sell Hack says its sources are legal.
â€œThe data we process is all publicly available,â€ Sell Hack writes on its FAQ page. â€œWe just do the heavy lifting and complicated computing to save you time. We aren’t doing anything malicious to a Social website. We think browser extensions are the best way to personalize an individualâ€™s web experience.â€
After the issue was made public, Linkedin took legal action.
“We are doing everything we can to shut Sell Hack down. On 31 March LinkedIn’s legal team delivered Sell Hack a cease-and-desist letter as a result of several violations,” a LinkedIn spokesman told the BBC. LinkedIn also recommended users to uninstall the add-on, as well as to take caution when installing any other third-party app which might leak sensitive data.
Sell Hack announced disabling the plugin. Shortly after, spokesperson Krista Canfield told security blogger Graham Cluley Â that â€œno LinkedIn data has been compromised and Sell Hack is not the result of a security breach, bug or vulnerabilityâ€.
Sell Hack is a browser extension for social profiles designed for salespeople looking for new prospects.