Security experts targeted by fake recruiting campaign on LinkedIn

Each recruiter account is focused on a particular type of specialist, said F-Secure.

Arti Singh September 08, 2015 13:35:11 IST
Security experts targeted by fake recruiting campaign on LinkedIn

Researchers have discovered a group of fake LinkedIn recruiter profiles used for gathering sensitive information about security experts.

According to a security firm F-Secure, multiple LinkedIn accounts recently targeted numerous security specialists in an attempt to map their social graphs.

The suspicious campaign was first uncovered by by Yonathan Klijnsma, a security expert at Fox-IT, few weeks ago. And, later Sean Sullivan from F-Secure decided to investigate the campaign as some of the company's own security researchers were targeted.

Sullivan discovered that these fake LinkedIn profiles claimed to work for a company called Talent Src (Talent Sources).

Each recruiter account is focused on a particular type of specialist, said F-Secure.

The fake accounts showed profiles of recruiters hunting for security experts with specialties like embedded security, malware analysis, digital forensics, mobile security, cryptography, automotive security and so on.

Security experts targeted by fake recruiting campaign on LinkedIn

F-Secure

Sullivan also  noticed that the logo of the company Talent Scr was not original. Also, a Twitter profile of the same fake company was discovered that has not been updated since January and have just got two tweets and five followers.

However, the goal of the fake recruiting group is not yet known.

And, these recruiters are approaching security experts by sending a general recruiter message, as mentioned by Klijnsma, with a profile picture of an attractive woman. "The job will be relative to your job. They will 'scout' a few people (besides you)."

"After about a week they stop sending out new requests, the profile picture is removed and a bit later their name is changed...making it hard to find these people back in your list if its big. In about a month the accounts disappear, not sure if on purpose," Klijnsma added.

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