400,000 email addresses exposed by Irish recruitment website hack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Irish job website RecruitIreland.com is currently offline after being hit by hackers who breached their systems, and stole the names and email addresses of 400,000 users.

A statement elsewhere on the website says that the authorities have been informed, and that some users have received spam emails claiming to offer a job. Although in reality the spams are attempting to recruit innocent people as money mules to move funds on behalf of fraudsters.

Clearly it’s a ghastly situation for the RecruitIreland website, and its users have been left exposed by the security breach. Questions will no doubt be asked as to why the sensitive information was not held securely (was encryption being used?) and how it was possible for hackers to steal such valuable data.

It isn’t much consolation to the Irish workers who have had their details exposed in this hack, but this isn’t the first time that…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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