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Monster hack was avoidable

CyberArk Software : 23 August, 2007  (Technical Article)
Encrypting and securing databases at Monster.com could have avoided data loss through hacking according to Cyber-Ark.
As news of the a hacker attack on Monster.com, the world's largest
job-seekers' Web site, filtered out yesterday morning, Cyber-Ark, the data
vaulting and security specialist, says the serious data leakage could
have been avoided if the site had maintained its database in a secure
and encrypted format.

Newswire reports say that hundreds of thousands of people may have had
their personal details, including their addresses and phone numbers,
downloaded from Monster.com

Calum Macleod, European director for Cyber-Ark, said that the
potentially serious security breach on Monster.com, which has details
on 1.6 million people and potential jobs, was easily avoidable.

'Modern encryption and digital vaulting techniques mean that personal
information uploaded to a Web site like Monster.com need only be
decrypted when the database is interrogated,' he said.

'Using this approach means that the data can be held securely on the
Web server and, even if hackers succeeded in downloading the files,
the fact that they were encrypted would render the data unreadable and
therefore unusable,' he added.

According to Macleod, Monster.com's problems may only just be
beginning, as the hackers may use the personal details of its members
to commit identity theft crimes, which could lead to a number of
lawsuits being filed against the jobs Web site.
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