Serious security alert for Monster and USAJobs users

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Careers website Monster.com and USAJobs.gov, the official job site of the US Federal Government, have published security alerts to their customers warning of a serious hacking attack.

Feeling a sense of deja vu? Well, you should be as this has happened before.

It appears that Monster.com’s database and USAJobs.gov’s database were compromised and contact and account information was stolen. Data stolen included users’ login names, passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers and some demographic data.

Here is a short video I have made, explaining the possible impact of this security breach – and explaining why you should take this opportunity to think long and hard about whether you are acting securely with your website passwords.

Monster has…

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.