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Hackers steal details of 4.5m users of Monster.co.uk in Britain's biggest cyber theft case




Hackers steal details of 4.5m users of Monster.co.uk in Britain's biggest cyber theft case
Hackers steal details of 4.5m users of Monster.co.uk in Britain's biggest cyber theft case



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1128822/Hackers-steal-details-4-5m-users-Monster-uk-Britains-biggest-cyber-theft-case.html 

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 
professionals.

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 
Sophos.

'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 
of mischief.'

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