The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 August 2007

Assume the position

And not necessarily the one you applied for, either:

According to Symantec Corp. security analyst Amado Hidalgo, a new Trojan horse called Infostealer.Monstres by Symantec has stolen more than 1.6 million records belonging to several hundred thousand people from Monster Worldwide Inc.'s job search service. That data is then used to target the Monster.com users with credible phishing mail that plants more malware on their machines.

Wonderful. (Incidentally, someone at Computerworld needs to read this stuff better: someone might read that "Infostealer.Monstres by Symantec" business and think that it's some new Norton product.)

The upshot, of course:

If you've used Monster recently, check out the article. If you haven't, always remember your information is susceptible to being stolen. If any email you receive from a job search site asks you to download software so you can access something — you may want to get in touch with their tech support first and let them know what's happening.

Assuming, of course, the "tech support" link doesn't go to an Elbonian teenager with mud on his shoes and a chip on his shoulder.

Posted at 10:14 AM to PEBKAC


"Assuming, of course, the "tech support" link doesn't go to an Elbonian teenager with mud on his shoes and a chip on his shoulder."

LOL - I never thought of that. Good point. Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Teresa at 10:39 PM on 22 August 2007