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Guardian website falls victim to hackers

By Jane Fazackarley     Oct 25, 2009 in Technology
A jobs website owned by The Guardian newspaper has fallen victim to an attack by computer hackers, it was revealed today.
The security breach may have led to the details of its users being left open for abuse. Users of the site thought to have been caught up in the security scare have all been contacted by email. The newspaper now says the site is safe to use.
The Metropolitan Police called in its e-crime division to look in to the case.
According to the BBC The Guardian can have as many as two million visitors each month.
The hacking incident did not affect the United States' site as it operates independently from the United Kingdom's website.
No financial details are believed to have been affected by the hack but users of the site have each received an email telling them how to keep their details safe.
It appears to be the information included on application forms that users made via the website that have been affected.
The majority of the users of The Guardian website have not been affected by the security breach, reports the BBC.
The email sent to users of The Guardian job site said:
"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. 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"
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