A couple of days ago I filed a Notice of False profile with LinkedIn (operator of a professional networking site with 259 million members) because a fake member account had been set up involving one of my financial clients. The perpetrator’s profile indicated that “she” was a company branch manager, and she was sending out LinkedIn invites to her “co-workers” at the financial institution. The profile should have screamed “a fake” to experienced users of the site. Some tell-tale signs were that the profile was bare bones, with only my client listed as an employer (along with the presence of the company logo), and the image of the individual on the page looked like a robot. I received a quick response back from LinkedIn saying they HAD begun processing the complaint, but that it may take some time to process. Last week the news was full of articles stating that LinkedIn had sued hackers over the creation of thousands of fake accounts. The hackers’ objective was to tap into legitimate member profiles (which they did at apparently a rate of hundreds of thousands of profiles each day) where they could glean a plethora of personal information. At this point the identity of the hackers is unknown, and subpoenas are being served on Amazon Web Services, the cloud platform used to create the fake accounts, in an attempt to unmask them.