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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monster of a hack

The BBC is running a story regarding an alleged hack of that has resulted in the theft of hundreds of thousands of users data. Citing Symantec as the source of the article, BBC says that a computer program was used to hack the employer side of the job search site and to harvest data pertaining to user names, e-mail addresses, home addresses and phone numbers. There have apparently been reports of phishing e-mails sent out to users, the e-mail encourages users to download a "Monster Job Seeker Tool", which in fact is a program that encrypts files on the victims computer and leaves a ransom note demanding money for their decryption. Be careful of those unsolicited e-mails, no matter how legitimate they sound!