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Recruitment firm target for hackers

Recruitment firm Michael Page has been hacked, resulting in the theft of the personal information of 710,000 applicants.

January 2017

Michael Page apparently became aware of the problem on 31 October, when the recruiter sent an email to clients explaining “an unauthorised third party illegally gained online access” to sensitive information. It admitted that names, email addresses and passwords had all been accessed. The hackers may have gained access via a development server used for testing.
Along with its service provider Capgemini, Page immediately locked down its serves and secured all possible entry points.
One PQ who spoke to us said they had received the email from Page on the 11 November and felt they hadn’t received “any more spam than usual (yet).” Another reader said: “Dear hacker I’m available at short notice for accountancy positions in the north west area. Thanks in advance.”

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