Milwaukee (WI) - Monster.com, the employment seeker and recruiter site, reported last Thursday that its databases were hacked by outsiders who stole "Monster user IDs and passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers, and some basic demographic data." No social security or financial data was compromised.
Patrick Manzo, Monster.com's Senior VP and Global Chief Privacy Officer, gave guidance for possible future actions required by Monster.com users. He said in a statement:
"In order to help assure the security of your information, you may soon be required to change your password upon logging onto the site. Please follow the instructions on the site. We would also recommend you proactively change your password yourself as an added precaution. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, but feel it is important that you take these preventative measures.
As a further precaution, we want to remind you that an email address could be used to target "phishing" emails. Monster will never send an unsolicited email asking you to confirm your username and password, nor will Monster ask you to download any software, "tool" or "access agreement" in order to use your Monster account. Monster’s security page, http://my.monster.com/securitycenter, provides users with a substantial amount of information about different types of Internet fraud. We encourage you to review the information to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself on the Internet."