It is now been widely reported that Hackers are believed to have stolen the personal details of millions of jobseekers using the online job site Monster.
The attack on a global scale is thought to include the 4.5 million users of the UK site. The recruitment giant has advised people to change their passwords and be on the lookout for phishing e-mails.
Recruitment sites have proved rich pickings for criminally-minded hackers in the past and it is not the first time Monster has fallen foul of cyber thieves.
In 2007, 1.3 million details were downloaded to servers based in Ukraine.
On the Monster site the company has posted the following As is the case with many companies that maintain large databases of information, Monster is the target of illegal attempts to access and extract information from its database. We recently learned our database was illegally accessed and certain contact and account data were taken, including Monster user IDs and passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers, and some basic demographic data. The information accessed does not include resumes. Monster does not generally collect and the accessed information does not include - sensitive data such as social security numbers or personal financial data.Immediately upon learning about this, Monster initiated an investigation and took corrective steps. It is important to know the company continually monitors for any illicit use of information in our database, and so far, we have not detected the misuse of this information
Online Recruitment Feature Article in March issue Recruitment International.
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