The Guardian’s job website has been hacked, according to a warning email sent by the media company. The Guardian said it believes the attack has led to users’ information being exposed to the hackers.
“We learned yesterday evening that the Guardian Jobs website has been targeted by a sophisticated and deliberate hack, which has breached the security of the data on the site,” the Guardian email says.
“You have used the site to make one or more job applications and we believe your personal data, relating to those applications, may have been accessed.”
The Guardian said it was “absolutely committed” to the privacy of its users and the matter has been reported to the police, who are now undertaking a full investigation through the police central e-crime unit at New Scotland Yard.
“We have no reason to believe that any financial or bank data was compromised in this incident,” the Guardian email said.
“However the police advise that those whose personal data may have been stolen in this way should take a number of precautionary measures.”
These measures include:
1) Contacting your creditors, even if they have not been affected, so that they can monitor your accounts to ensure they remain protected.
2) Contacting a credit reference agency: Callcredit, Equifax or Experian provide suggested steps to resolve the situation and prevent it happening again.
3) Contact CIFAS protective registration: If you think you have been a victim of identity theft you should consider subscribing to CIFAS. This places a notice on your credit file indicating that your name and address may be used to perpetrate identity fraud.