SAN FRANCISCO — LinkedIn Corp. has resolved its dispute with an upstart recruiting firm it accused of using spambots to infiltrate the professional networking site and scrape user data.
Under a settlement agreement submitted for court approval Friday, Robocog Inc. will pay LinkedIn $40,000 and destroy all information it illicitly obtained from the site within 30 days. Robocog, which operates under the name HiringSolved, has also agreed not to circumvent the social networking site’s security measures or extract data for commercial purposes.
The settlement in LinkedIn v. Robocog, 14-0068, does not prohibit HiringSolved or its employees from maintaining individual LinkedIn profile pages.
LinkedIn, represented by Munger Tolles & Olson, took aim at the spambot intruders before it knew who was behind the breach. The company filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in January, alleging that unknown individuals used automated software programs to create thousands of fake LinkedIn accounts.
LinkedIn subsequently tracked down HiringSolved and its founder, Shon Burton, through a cloud computing platform used to deploy the bots, according to court records. The headhunting firm is represented by Agility IP Law.
HiringSolved, which faced claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and California’s Comprehensive Computer Access and Fraud Act, has admitted it copied data from legitimate LinkedIn profiles without permission and consented to the entry of a judgment in favor of LinkedIn.
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