Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monster.com hacked; users exposed to 'file ransom'

Internet hacking on a grand scale.

Hackers Hold Monster.com Users' Files Hostage

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly in the U.S., have been exposed to the risk of file ransom after the Web site of the world's largest online recruiter was hacked.

Personal details stored on Monster.com, a Web site that lists job seekers and job opportunities, were taken after a raid by hackers who posed as employers to gain access to the site.

Having stolen the information, hackers e-mailed the victims claiming to have infected their computers with a virus and threatening to delete files unless demands for payment were met.

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