Following legal pressure from LinkedIn, the Chrome plugin Sell Hack has removed its controversial LinkedIn hacking function. The browser add-on allowed users to reveal the hidden email addresses of LinkedIn users.
In a public blog post, the developers of Sell Hack announced last night that they have removed the LinkedIn functionality. The application has gained much attention since Since Yahoo Tech posted about the app on Monday, March 31.
Following a cease-and-desist order from LinkedIn’s legal team, Sell Hack reported more new signups on April 1 than in its first 60 days combined.
Once installed, the plugin displayed a „Hack in“ button on the profiles of LinkedIn members with whom the user was not connected. The Sell Hack website showed a screenshot of the plugin being used to reveal LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner’s hidden email address.
LinkedIn has publicly criticised Sell Hack in statements to several media outlets, claiming that app users are at risk of uploading their private data to Sell Hack. Sell Hack claims it only made use of “publicly visible data” from LinkedIn profiles and has since deleted all this data.
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The LinkedIn logo has also been removed from Sell Hack’s logo. Screenshot: sellhack.com
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