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Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [monster-at-e0.monster.com: An Important Message to Our Valued Monster Customers]
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----- Forwarded message from Monster -----
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 22:31:15 -0500
Subject: An Important Message to Our Valued Monster Customers
Dear Valued Monster Customer,
Protecting the job seekers who use our website is a top
priority, and we value the trust you place in Monster.
Regrettably, opportunistic criminals are increasingly
using the Internet for illegitimate purposes. As is the
case with many companies that maintain large databases
of information, Monster is from time to time subject to
attempts to illegally extract information from its
As you may be aware, the Monster resume database was
recently the target of malicious activity that involved
the illegal downloading of information such as names,
addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for some of
our job seekers with resumes posted on Monster sites.
Monster responded to this specific incident by conducting
a comprehensive review of internal processes and
procedures, notified those job seekers that their contact
records had been downloaded illegally, and shut down a
rogue server that was hosting these records.
The Company has determined that this incident is not the
first time Monster's database has been the target of
criminal activity. Due to the significant amount of
uncertainty in determining which individual job seekers
may have been impacted, Monster felt that it was in your
best interest to take the precautionary steps of reaching
out to you and all Monster job seekers regarding this
issue. Monster believes illegally downloaded contact
information may be used to lure job seekers into opening a
"phishing" email that attempts to acquire financial
information or lure job seekers into fraudulent financial
transactions. This has been the case in similar attacks
on other websites.
We want to inform you about preventive measures you can
take to protect yourself from online fraud. While no
company can completely prevent unauthorized access to
data, we believe that by reaching out to job seekers like
you, the Company can help users better defend themselves
against those who have attacked Monster as well as other
We are committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with
all of our job seekers about Internet security and the
steps Monster is taking to protect its job seekers. The
Company has placed a security alert on Monster sites
offering information to educate you about online fraud.
This information can be found at:
We have also included information on Internet safety and
examples of fraudulent "phishing" emails at the bottom of
Monster has launched a series of initiatives to enhance
and to protect the information you have entrusted to us.
Some of these steps are being immediately implemented,
while others will be put into place as appropriate.
We believe these actions are the responsible steps to
protect the trust you place in Monster. We are also
working with Monster's hundreds of thousands of employer
customers to ensure a safe and effective online job
search. We will continue to share information with you
about the enhancements we are making as we serve as your
online career resource partner. We invite you to keep
reading to learn more about how to use the Internet
Chairman and CEO
HOW TO BE A SAFE INTERNET USER
Every Internet site in the world is facing the growing
issue of fraudulent usage of information, and we want to
work with users around the world to stop this practice -
please keep reading to learn more about the warning signs
and what you can do.
Spam email is such a common occurrence today; you may
think you know what to look for. But there are two types
of email scams - what's known as "phishing" and "spoofing"
- that can be more difficult to identify. Both practices
concern fraudulent email where the 'from address' has been
forged to make it appear as if it came from somewhere, or
someone, other than the actual source. Below are the
warning signs to look for:
What's "phishing" all about - and how do I spot it?
Phishing emails are used to fraudulently obtain personal
identification and account information. They can also be
used to lure the recipient into downloading malicious
software. The message will often suggest there are issues
with the recipient's account that requires immediate
attention. A link will also be provided to a spoof website
where the recipient will be asked to provide
personal/account information or download malicious
software. Monster will never ask you to download software
in order to access your account or use our services.
How is it different than "spoofing"?
Spoof emails often include a fraudulent offer of
employment and/or the invitation to serve as a go-between
for payment processing or money transfers. This scam is
primarily directed at a general audience, but it can also
reach Monster members who have included contact
information on their resumes. Like with phishing emails,
the sender's address is often disguised.
Examples of fraudulent email:
These examples of fraudulent email show you what to watch
out for (click to see details):
Consumer Advice: How to Avoid Phishing Scams
The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out
to consumers is continuing to increase dramatically. While
online banking and e-commerce is very safe, as a general
rule you should be careful about giving out your personal
financial information over the Internet. The Anti-Phishing
Working Group has compiled a list of recommendations that
you can use to avoid becoming a victim of these scams.
- Be suspicious of any email with requests for personal
- Phishers typically include upsetting or exciting (but
false) statements in their emails to get people to react
- They typically ask for information such as usernames,
passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers,
date of birth, etc.
- Don't use the links in an email, instant message, or
chat to get to any web page if you suspect the message
might not be authentic.
- Instead, call the company on the telephone, or log onto
the website directly by typing in the Web address in your
- You should only communicate information such as credit
card numbers or account information via a secure website
or the telephone.
- Always ensure that you're using a secure website when
submitting credit card or other sensitive information via
your Web browser.
Additional consumer advice is available at:
If you have more questions, please visit:
Contact us at http://www.monster.com/contact.
Monster respects your online time and privacy. This is a
service-related email to notify you of important account
Questions? Email us directly by visiting
http://www.monster.com/contact/. Please do not reply to
To read the Monster Privacy Commitment, visit
Monster, 5 Clock Tower Place, Suite 500, Maynard, MA 01754
Add monster-at-e0.monster.com to your address book to ensure
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