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WaPo job site hacked

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Someone sent me this via PM, it was emailed to the person:

    To Our Washington Post Jobs Customers,

    I am writing to let you know that an unauthorized third party attacked our Jobs website last week. We quickly identified the attack and were able to shut it down. Although the hackers unfortunately gained access to certain user IDs and e-mail addresses used on our site, all passwords remain secure, and no other personal information (such as resumes or contact information) was impacted by this attack.

    The hackers did not access any other parts of washingtonpost.com or Washington Post systems. We are taking this incident very seriously and are pursuing the matter with law enforcement.

    We are contacting you because we place a premium on the privacy of our customers, and because we want to be as transparent as possible with you about issues with the Jobs site that may impact you. In this case, you should be aware that you may receive some unsolicited e-mail (spam) as a result of this incident. As a general matter, you should always avoid opening suspicious or unsolicited e-mail, never respond to or click any links in spam, and avoid providing personal or financial information in an e-mail – especially credit card information, bank account information, passwords, and ID numbers. We will never ask you for your password or such sensitive personal information over e-mail.

    As a resource, we have posted an online Q&A with additional information about this incident and steps to protect yourself against spam. In addition, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Federal Trade Commission offer helpful material about staying safe online and avoiding phishing and other spam-related problems.

    We will continue to focus on ensuring the security of the information that you provide to us through use of the Jobs website. We sincerely apologize for this incident and appreciate your use of Washington Post Jobs. Should you have any questions, please visit our online Q&A or contact jobseekerhelp@wpost.com.


    Beth Diaz
    Director of Digital Product Development
  2. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Interesting, the websites for Gannett's military papers (based just outside D.C.) got hacked not too long ago. Wonder if there's any link.
  3. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    What's the over under on Anonymous being behind this?
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    So will The Washington Post face the same fate as News of the World? That'd be pretty good for you, Moddy.
  5. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Anonymous just hacked into Booz Allen Hamilton and grabbed what AP says are more than 50,000 military email account passwords.
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