Monster.com Reports Theft of User Data
Nancy Gohring writes on CIO.com:
Monster.com is advising its users to change their passwords after data including e-mail addresses, names and phone numbers were stolen from its database.
The break-in comes just as the swelling ranks of the unemployed are turning to sites like Monster.com to look for work.
The company disclosed on its Web site that it recently learned its database had been illegally accessed. Monster.com user IDs and passwords were stolen, along with names, e-mail addresses, birth dates, gender, ethnicity, and in some cases, users' states of residence. The information does not include Social Security numbers, which Monster.com said it doesn't collect, or resumes.
Monster.com posted the warning about the breach on Friday morning and does not plan to send e-mails to users about the issue, said Nikki Richardson, a Monster.com spokeswoman. The SANS Internet Storm Center also posted a note about the break-in on Friday.