p2pnet news view | Security:- Britain’s Guardian newspaper has been caught offguard by hackers.
It, “posted a warning of the breach on its Web site on Friday,” says the IDG New Service.
On Saturday, the newspaper said the system had been secured and those affected had been contacted by e-mail,”
But it “downplayed the impact, saying it affected “only a minority” of the 10,328,290 unique users who visit the site annually, and that some of the data lost was up to two years old, says the story, going on:
” ‘The police remain anxious to keep information about the apparent theft to a minimum, in order not to compromise their investigations, but did agree with us that we could inform those users who may be affected,’ the Guardian said. ‘We stress our regret that this breach has occurred. This is apparently a deliberate and sophisticated crime, of which the Guardian is a victim in addition to some of our users’.”
The Metropolitan Police e-Crime Unit is investigating, but there have been no arrests, says IDG, adding:
“The Guardian’s Jobs Web site runs on software from a company called Madgex. Officials from the company could not immediately be reached on Monday morning.
It isn’t clear what information was pilfered from the Guardian’s Jobs site, but users can upload their CVs. Information in resumes and CVs could be of great use to data thieves, since those documents may contain e-mail addresses, postal addresses, job histories and a wealth of other personal information. The data could be used for identity fraud.
IDG New Service - Guardian Jobs Site Falls Victim to ‘sophisticated’ Hack, October 26, 2009
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