Monster.com Leak. PHOTO: Cybercrime Magazine

Monster.com Goes Mum On Web Server Leaking Resumes And CVs

Lessons learned from the latest cyberattacks, data breaches, and hacks

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Sep. 6, 2019

You didn’t hear it from Monster.com. But a third party web server leaked thousands of resumes containing personal contact information that were stored between 2014 and 2017, according to a story in TechCrunch.

The takeaway?

“This is a lesson in how data can spread without people being aware of it,” says Erich Kron, security awareness advocate and technical evangelist for KnowBe4.

“In this case, when we put our job history, resume and/or CV on these types of sites, we should assume that organizations are going to collect them as they review and use them for job considerations,” adds Kron, an experienced keynote speaker and security awareness advocate.

Kron shares some interesting perspective on compliance. “Where things get murky is what happens with the information after it is used, and ensuring it was used in a proper manner in the first place. Currently, in the U.S., people are often completely unaware when data is processed by a third party. This is something that GDPR is designed to address.”

Although Monster.com didn’t have much to say about the exploit, Kron points out the incident has been resolved. “While the potential leak should not have taken place at all, the third party did respond in a timely manner and fixed the problem. Unfortunately, many organizations have not considered how to deal with events like this and therefore lack the policies and procedures to deal with them quickly and efficiently.”

Job seekers beware.

You may want to think about creating an email address exclusively for career sites. Hackers often use stolen email addresses to send pesky phishing scam messages, which are responsible for more than 90 percent of all hacks and data breaches.

Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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