By Daily Mail Reporter
27th January 2009
The personal details of 4.5 million people have been stolen from a
recruitment website in Britain's biggest case of cyber theft.
Hackers accessed the confidential information of job seekers registered
with Monster.co.uk and now hold electronic copies of their user names,
passwords, telephone numbers and email addresses.
Information such as birth dates, gender and ethnicity was also taken,
along with 'basic demographic data'. The victims are mainly
Monster.co.uk has posted a message on the site advising all customers to
change their passwords immediately.
'We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, but feel it is
important that you take these preventative measures,' the message said.
Experts today warned the data could be used by gangs to open fake bank
accounts or take out loans in the names of customers.
'It's a horrendous breach,' said Graham Cluley of computer security firm
'These hackers could now use the passwords to access email and online
bank accounts. The information they have can be used to cause all kinds
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