Guardian Jobs website hacked, personal data at risk

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

In news that will send a shiver down the spines of many job seekers, it has been revealed that the UK version of the Guardian Jobs website has been broken into by hackers.

The site, which is described as one of the top five job websites in the UK, with some two million users a month, would be a rich data mine for identity thieves who would be rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of getting their hands on confidential information from innocent people’s CVs and job applications.

Details of how the hack was committed have not been revealed, but warning emails sent to people who have used the jobs.guardian.co.uk site to make job applications described the attack as “sophisticated and deliberate”.

Magdex, who runs the site on behalf of The Guardian, is said to have taken steps to prevent any more data leaking into the hands of hackers. It’s also good to hear that the folks behind the Guardian Jobs website have done the right thing and informed the Metropolitan Police about the…

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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.