monster website has been hacked

January 28, 2009 at 4:20 am (news) (, , , )

A statement on http://www.monster.com said: “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 breach did not access resumes, social security numbers or financial data, Monster said. The company advised clients to change their password and said it had taken its own “corrective steps.” Hackers could use email addresses to “phish” for further information, the company warned. This is the second serious data breach at the company in 18 months, according to computer Weekly magazine. Earlier this month, payments processor Heartland Payment Systems, based in New Jersey, said that it had suffered a security breach in 2008. “We found evidence of an intrusion last week and immediately notified federal law enforcement officials as well as the card brands,” said Robert Baldwin, Heartland’s president in a statement on January 20.

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