Sunday, January 25, 2009

Australia: Cyber Criminals Hack Into Government Jobs Website

Ashar Moses writes in The Sydney Morning Herald:

The NSW Government website used to advertise public service jobs has been hacked into and the perpetrators have spammed the Government's database of job seekers with phony vacancies in an effort to steal personal data and possibly to spread viruses.

The Department of Commerce, which administers the site, refused to say whether any personal details had been stolen from Government servers but the site was offline all of last week for "system maintenance".

It is still not back online today and the department will not explain how the incident occurred nor when it expects the site to be back up and running.

Catherine Parrott, from Maitland, applied for a Government job earlier this month and soon after received an email from offering her the "perfect job" with large commissions.

The email asked recipients to click on a link or reply for more information but Parrott thought the email was suspicious and deleted it straight away.

More here.


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