A fake job posting on LinkedIn briefly let anyone apply to become Google’s next CEO

LinkedIn bug allowed users to publish non-existent job postings for companies without their permission last week — including a post for Sundar Pichai‘s role as Google CEO.

Michel Rijners, founder of Dutch online recruiting company Flexwerven, alerted LinkedIn to the issue on Thursday with apost on the professional networking platform titled “LinkedIn jobs, we have a problem.”

Rijnders wrote that “everyone can post jobs that are assigned to any employer of their choosing.” To prove his finding, he created fake job posts for CEO positions at Google and Linkedin.

Later on Thursday, Rijnders tweeted that his fake LinkedIn post for Google CEO had also appeared on Google Jobs.

Rijners noted in his post that he was able to create these job listings for free, and they appeared to be officially posted by the companies on LinkedIn. He could receive the job applications on LinkedIn or set up an external URL for applicants to be redirected to from the post. Rijners foresaw “phishing and identity fraud” as potential issues stemming from fraudulent job posts.

Source: Business Insider

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