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Encryption could have prevented Monster data theft

CyberArk Software : 03 September, 2007  (Technical Article)
The loss of job-seeker personal details at Monster.com could have been avoided with data encryption.
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, the 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
www.moneysavingexpert.com/banking/credit-rating-credit-score#free 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.
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