Monster Trojan alarms recruitment industry

Symantec's discovery of a Trojan that stole personal information from the Monster online recruitment service has put the rest of the recruitment industry on notice that they are prime targets for attack.

Symantec's discovery of a Trojan that stole personal information from the Monster online recruitment service has put the rest of the recruitment industry on notice that they are prime targets for attack.

Sophie Relf, head of marketing at TotalJobs, said the company took the safeguarding of personal data very seriously.

"Fortunately, we had one of our regular top to bottom maintenance programmes scheduled for this weekend, but we watch constantly for robot files in attachments and network traffic patterns for unusual activity.

"This includes spidering in case anyone tries to copy and republish jobs or CVs or tries to get into the CV database without permission," she said.

Relf said it was unlikely that people could use the Monster Trojan to steal its clients' data. "Monster has an electronic template that people fill in to record their details," she said. "All our documentation is in Word or text files that are uploaded as attachments.

"In addition, clients do not have to register with us they can apply and send CVs while they are browsing."

Relf said this did not mean TotalJobs was complacent. "On the contrary," she said, "we take it very seriously. This incident is a warning to the entire recruitment industry."

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