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Monster.com and USAJobs.gov's databases compromised

Published: 2009-01-23
Last Updated: 2009-01-23 22:55:51 UTC
by Joel Esler (Version: 1)
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We got a tip from a reader (thanks David!), that apparently Monster.com's database and USAJobs.gov's database was compromised and information was stolen.  To clarify, USAJobs.gov's database is ran by Monster, as outlined in their post here.

(Monster's press release is here.)

Quoting from USAJobs.gov's website:

"We recently learned that the Monster database was illegally accessed and certain contact and account data were taken, including user IDs and passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers, and some basic demographic data. The information accessed does not include resumes. The accessed information does not include - sensitive data such as social security numbers or personal financial data."

So I am sure some phishing attempts will come of this, as both of the press releases allude to.

Monster states in their release that you will be required to change your password on the site soon.  So I'd recommend that you go ahead and do that proactively.  Don't use a password that you'd use anywhere else. (For those of you that use the same password on Monster.com and yourbankhere.com.  You know who you are!)

-- Joel Esler http://www.joelesler.net

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