and'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's database and's database was compromised and information was stolen.  To clarify,'s database is ran by Monster, as outlined in their post here.

(Monster's press release is here.)

Quoting from'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 and  You know who you are!)

-- Joel Esler

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If they have my user ID and password, then I would assume that they could simply log into my account and look at my resumes and other account info (including SSN). Sounds like it is a smokescreen as to not being able to get to your sensitive information and is way more serious than it is being made out to be. Any further account compromise will simply look like legitimate users logging into their accounts and will not raise any suspicions.

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