29.01.09

Hackers Steal Jobseekers Details from Monster's Website

 

The personal details of millions of jobseekers using Monster recruitment’s online job site are believed to have been stolen by computer hackers.

Millions of users around the world are thought to have been affected - including the 4.5 million users of the UK site – and Monster has advised people to change their passwords and to be on the lookout for phishing e-mails.

Its not the first time that Monster’s online job site has been the target of hackers. Last year the details of 1.6 million jobseekers were stolen.

A company spokesman admitted that Monster’s database had been illegally accessed and that hackers had stolen user names, passwords, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, alongside demographic data, birth dates, gender and ethnicity. However, CVs had not been accessed.

The company warned people to be on the look-out for phishing e-mails built around the details that had been taken.

“Monster will never send an unsolicited email asking you to confirm your username and password, nor will Monster ask you to download any software, “tool” or “access agreement” in order to use your Monster account,” its statement said. It advised users they might soon be required to change their password in order to get access to the site.

 

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