Brute Forcing Contact Info05.15.14 · python
Today’s open source project has a high potential for abuse, but I hope you’ll take the high road. Months back I wrote about validating email addresses by pinging SMTP servers. It was a fun trick, though not very practical.
from rapportive import rapportive print rapportive.request("email@example.com") # Name: Neal Shyam # Account Manager ADstruc # Co-Founder The AudioShocker Podcast # Editor Git @ Me # Twitter http://twitter.com/nealrs # LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/nealrs # GitHub https://github.com/nealrs # Google+ https://plus.google.com/106729159255897575431/posts
Why is this a big deal? Because, coupled with commonly used email address patterns, it’s trivial to brute force a LinkedIn member’s contact & employment information. So trivial in fact, that I wrote a script to do it for you. Please use it responsibly.