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Hackers steal details of 4.5 million job-seekers - Crime, UK - The Independent

The personal details of millions of people have been stolen from one of the UK's largest recruitment websites in potentially the largest data theft ever in Britain.

Hackers accessed the confidential information provided by 4.5 million people registered with Monster.co.uk and now hold their user names, passwords, telephone numbers and email addresses. The company said other information including client birth dates, gender and ethnicity had also been taken, along with "basic demographic data".

Monster revealed in a statement on Friday that its database had been illegally accessed but the scale of the breach did not emerge until last night.

Fears were growing that hackers may have gained access to user bank accounts, since many people use the same password and email address to access multiple websites.

Friday's statement was signed by the company's senior vice president, Patrick Manzo, and said the information taken did not include resumes.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:16:49 PM EST
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Monster had a rubbish site anyway and I never signed up.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:50:28 PM EST
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that we hear about these stories only in the UK, or is there a specific problem in the country? I don't know about other countries, but you never hear about such stories in France. Is it that they are better hidden, or that they do happen less?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 08:51:46 AM EST
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Inasmuch as the system was compromised through psyops rather than outright rigging the software, I'd expect it would be more common with English-language websites.

It may just be because I don't go to that many French or German websites, but virtually all the spam I get - including phishing attempts and poorly masked trojans - are in English.

So if the problem is that one of their root users has been hoodwinked (and if their security software is even remotely up to snuff, that almost has to be it), I'd think that the fact that their sysop speaks English is a vulnerability.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 02:28:11 PM EST
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