Phishers target LinkedIn users with suspicious invitations to connect

A new e-mail phishing scam is making its rounds among users of the professional networking site LinkedIn.

The Better Business Bureau and Cisco are reporting that LinkedIn users have received suspicious e-mails indicating they have new invitations to connect and new messages awaiting their response. The e-mails contain links to direct recipients to the invitations and messages, but the links don't go to the LinkedIn.com domain.

In an alert posted on its web site, Cisco said the link actually triggers malware that will embed itself in the user's web browser if opened. The malware could potentially steal a computer user's personal and sensitive information.