Monster.com user data hacked - Second time in six months

2009-01-29 23:02:17 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Technology News)

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Job seekers’ site Monster.com announced Tuesday that it will enforce a mandatory password change for all North American and Western European users, which will be put in place by the end of the week

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (CaymanMama.com) — Job seekers’ site Monster.com announced Tuesday that it will enforce a mandatory password change for all North American and Western European users, which will be put in place by the end of the week.

The safety measure follows the quiet online notice put up by the employment site Friday notifying users that that its databases had been hacked for the second time in six months.

The identity bandits stole user IDs, passwords, e-mail addresses, names, phone numbers, birth dates, ethnicity and state of residence for an identified number of job seekers and employers, spokeswoman Nikki Richardson said.

According to USA Today, “Security and privacy experts say millions of Monster’s patrons are in a particularly vulnerable state. Typing a stolen user ID and password gives an intruder access to everything available to the member job seeker or employer … They then correlate it with other information, stolen elsewhere, and use it to hijack bank accounts, break into company systems and do other scams.”

It was previously reported by The Times of London that 4.5 million U.K. Monster.com users had their personal data stolen. Richardson declined to comment on that situation but did mention that the thieves did not make off with Social Security numbers, résumés or customer transaction data.



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