Monster says millions of users' data may be stolen

The theft of contact information for job seekers in the database of Monster was greater than the 1.3 million individuals the company reported last week, Chief Executive Sal Iannuzzi said on Wednesday.

While investigating the recent theft, the company learned that its Web site had previously been hacked.

"We're assuming it is a large number. It could easily be in the millions," Iannuzzi said in an interview with Reuters.

The hackers didn't get the kind of information it takes to pull money out of a bank account, according to Monster.com, but the contact data is valuable to criminals who use social engineering techniques to conduct scams.

Contact data provide criminals just enough information to convince some recipients to let their guard down because the use of personal information and other social engineering techniques make the e-mails seem legitimate.

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I don't trust Monster anymore. This isn't so much because data was stolen, but because e-mails coming from them have no legitimacy. How do I know (assuridly) if a job listing I get directly from somebody is real or not? I don't really feel like doing the research to find out (lack of time and interest at this time). The problem I have is that I had my e-mail address, personal phone and mailing address on my resume. I believe I may have already received a phishing e-mail too.

I did have an idea while typing this: Monster could restore integrity to their e-mails by (1) having employers use the Monster site to send all e-mails -- even the simple "We have a job for you to look at request". (2) have a passphrase and picture that is on all e-mails that come from Monster that only the job seeker and Monster know (not even the potential employer).

In response to the first post: Make sure you post can be understood before submitting. And...For some people it pays to always be on the lookout for another job. Good companies can go bad pretty quickly. Did anybody here ever work for Teleperformance? Perfect example!

Didn't we, them, and everyone else determine that there was theft of data about 3-4 weeks ago.. why is this all of a sudden a revelation again?

You might know if you'd bother to read the first sentence: "...was greater than the 1.3 million individuals the company reported last week..."

JamesWeb said,
This is why you should HAVE a job and not just be LOOKING for one.

That's like saying that you should be filthy rich so you don't NEED a job.

Well, as the old saying goes, "Wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one fills up first!"