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Report cites security breach at customer of Monster.com

September 06, 2019

A security breach at a client of Monster.com resulted in the exposure of a web server with résumés of job seekers, according to a report by TechCrunch.com. Monster says it has taken action as a result of the breach and terminated the customer’s contract.

Included was information for job applications from 2014 to 2017, including data such as phone numbers and home addresses as well as email addresses and prior work experience, according to TechCrunch.

Monster said the customer was notified immediately when the breach was found.

“The Monster security team received a report that a customer inadvertently exposed data the customer received from a variety of sources, including Monster,” said Michael Jones, chief privacy officer, Monster. “We alerted the customer and the customer immediately resolved the issue. As a result of this incident, we have terminated the customer’s contract.”

Jones noted that breach notifications require identifying individuals and data that were affected as well as identifying the cause of the breach and actions taken to prevent future breaches. However, this breach occurred on a customer’s system.

“Because the exposure occurred on a customer system, and involved customer data obtained from multiple sources, we were not able to identify affected individuals or affected information,” he said.

Jones said protecting users’ privacy is a top priority for Monster. It also discourages job seekers from sharing information they consider sensitive.

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