Hackers Pull Off Monster Heist

Hackers Pull Off Monster Heist

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Personal details for four and a half million job seekers, including user names, passwords, and phone numbers, have been stolen from UK website, Monster.co.uk.

While no credit card details or confidential information was stolen - Monster wisely keeps that information separate - the information could be used to take out loans in those people's names. The pilfered information could also provide clues such as mother's maiden name, a common security question.

Monster.co.uk has posted a message on the site advising all customers to change their passwords immediately. "We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, but feel it is important that you take these preventative measures," the message said.

While this is a sensible move by Monster, it could also lead to a string of phishing attacks, such as the one recently on Steam, where hackers impersonate trusted institutions in order to get more information out of the victims.

The Information Commissioner's Office, the privacy watchdog, said that it would investigate the breach. "The ICO does not hesitate to investigate the most serious cases where sensitive details or large collections of personal information fall into the wrong hands," a spokesman said.

This is the third time in two years that security at the world's largest recruitment site has been breached. It's also the largest breach of confidential data since the details of 25 million child benefit recipients were lost from HM Revenue and Customs two years ago.

The suspects are thought to be a Russian gang that has been selling "identity harvesting services" to fraudsters.

Source: Metro
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them pesky russians

Of all the things to hack, why Monster? Go for Barclays or something.

MiloP:
Of all the things to hack, why Monster? Go for Barclays or something.

Yeah, steal from people who already HAVE money instead of those who are trying to earn it. Jerks.

In Soviet Russia computer hacks you!

Where's Joseph McCarthy when you need him?

coldfrog:

MiloP:
Of all the things to hack, why Monster? Go for Barclays or something.

Yeah, steal from people who already HAVE money instead of those who are trying to earn it. Jerks.

I was actually going for 'You'd get a bigger reward' but your point is good too. :D

I dissaprove of hacking

Well...What are they gonna use the money on? a marsbar?

That depends on how many Chavs use Monster.

Phyroxis:
In Soviet Russia computer hacks you!

Yes, thank you, we're well aware of that.

I think the only real criticism you can give a hacker is that he can't play a game, or that he lacks the mental vulnerability to actually get a job, and make money. So all you can do in your feeble attempts to get rid of hackers is to complain, endure (or in my case, don't give a flying shit about cheating fuck bags.) or try to learn how to hack, in an attempt to hack them back.
incidentally 20 hours into realizing that the training and almost special opps impossibility, you've all ready crashed and burned into an incinerating fire of complete fucklycockyness (or in other words. FAIL.)

In before the conspiracy theories that the Russians are actually the CIA getting back at England for refusing to extradite the guy who broke into the defense computers.

The internet wins again :P

All computer hackers deserve jail, and a lifetime ban from owning anything but a movie player.

 

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