5 Lessons In How Not To Handle A Security Breach


2007: Monster.com

At least 1.3 million job seekers using Monster.com had their personal information stolen and used in the following days in phishing scams related to the breach. The Monster.com breach included addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Monster Worldwide withheld data for five days while hackers conducted the phishing attacks using the stolen information. Eventually security firms analyzing the phishing scams estimated the extent of the breach and Monster told Reuters that the extent of the data exposure was far worse than the firm anticipated.