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Monster.com data leakage a lot worse than originally predicted

News that the theft of contact information from job seekers on the Monster.com Web site could be a lot worse than previously suspected, comes as little surprise to security experts at Cyber-Ark, data vaulting and encryption specialists.

"It was bad enough that the personal details of tens of thousands of job seekers around the world were compromised when news of Monster.com's security breach was revealed earlier this month, but with this latest revelation job seekers should now assume that their personal data has been compromised." said Calum Macleod, European director for Cyber-Ark.

"Job seekers should log on to the Web site and print out a copy of their personal information and weigh up the risks that this data may be used in a possible identity theft!” he said. "They should then check a consumer information Web site such as Moneysavingexpert.com for details on how to check their credit file free of charge," he added.

“The worst part about the data hacking is that it could so easily have been avoided, had the job seeker's Web site encrypted the personal data of its millions of users.” comments Macleod.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.