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March 31st, 2008 Hacked And Customers CV Data Stolen was hacked on Thursday, 27 March, resulting in customer data such as CVs being lost. The hackers accessed the job applications area of the site and downloaded personal information from CVs submitted, including job applications. Most of the stolen information relates to archived CVs rather than those of users currently looking for jobs. The company has been in touch with those affected to warn them of the possibility that they may be contacted by malicious parties. The nature of the potential data lost was a cause for concern.

It is still unknown what information was in the data stolen but CVs tend to contain contact information like phone numbers, which means phone calls by criminals might leave customers more open to attack than unsolicited e-mails.

Most people are reasonably aware about the dangers associated with unsolicited e-mails but they might be more inclined to be more responsive to someone who rang them claiming to be from their bank. Users of to be more wary about potential phone contact made as a result of the breach and to take measures to protect their personal data.

As yet it is still unclear as to how many users of the site were affected. declined to reveal the full scale of the breach as the firm’s investigation into the attack is still ongoing but a spokesperson for the recruitment website said the hack affected “a small percentage” of’s customers.

A 24-hour customer helpline has been set up to deal with any further questions or concerns users of the site may have regarding the breach at 01 6808699. Queries can also be sent via e-mail to [email protected]

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