LinkedIn is a business and employment-focused social networking platform that operates via websites and mobile apps. Launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. As of 2023, LinkedIn has over 310 million monthly active users. The platform enables users to create profiles and connect with others in an online social network, which might represent real-world professional relationships. Members can invite others to connect, use the platform for organizing events, join groups, write articles, and more. LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft in December 2016.

What is Google Dorking?

Google hacking, also known as Google dorking, is a technique used to find sensitive data or security vulnerabilities using specific queries in Google’s search engine. This method can reveal information that the user is not ethically or legally authorized to access, often due to administrative errors or software vulnerabilities. The technique can find server configuration details, search for inaccessible pages, reconstruct website structures, and obtain protected information. While the concept was defined in December 2002, its use predates this, with significant development around 2005. The term “Google Dork” refers to a person who ineffectively secures online content, making it vulnerable to exposure through Google. The most extensive database of Google hacking techniques is hosted by Offensive Security, known as the Google Hacking Database (GHDB).

Find anyone on Linkedin using Google Dork

LinkedIn, as a professional networking platform, can sometimes limit access to certain information, especially if you don’t have a large network of connections. For instance, viewing full profiles of individuals who are not in your network can be restricted. To circumvent these limitations, some individuals resort to using Google dorking. This method involves using specific search queries in Google to find information that might not be directly accessible through LinkedIn. It’s important to note, however, that while Google dorking can technically access publicly available information, its use for this purpose raises ethical and legal concerns, especially regarding privacy and data protection.

Sample Google Dork for searching for people:

"John Doe"

The Google dork query "John Doe" is designed to search for a specific individual, in this case hypothetically named “John Doe”, within the LinkedIn domain, particularly the profile section (as indicated by ‘/in’). When entered into Google’s search engine, this query will return results that are exclusively from LinkedIn’s profile pages that match the name “John Doe”. This type of search is useful for finding the LinkedIn profiles of individuals whose names you know, but who might not be within your LinkedIn network, thereby bypassing certain visibility restrictions of the platform.

Bonus – people catalog on LinkedIn

Not everyone is aware that LinkedIn provides a public directory of people, which can be a valuable resource for finding professionals and expanding your network. This directory is accessible at LinkedIn People Directory. It offers an organized way to browse through LinkedIn members, sorted alphabetically. This feature can be particularly useful for those who are looking to connect with individuals outside of their immediate network, offering an alternative way to discover and reach out to professionals across various industries.