Fash­ion job­seek­ers caught in pri­vacy breach

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Peter Alexan­der, Dotti and Smiggle, re­cruits staff us­ing third-party com­pany Pageup.

Pageup con­firmed its client data had been ac­cessed by ‘‘unau­tho­rised per­sons’’ in a mal­ware at­tack on May 23.

Just Group said in an email to past and cur­rent em­ploy­ees and un­suc­cess­ful job ap­pli­cants, that their names, email and phys­i­cal ad­dresses, phone num­bers, bi­o­graph­i­cal de­tails such as date of birth, gen­der, coun­try of res­i­dence, and em­ploy­ment de­tails might have been com­pro­mised.

Sydney-based Pageup, which has 2.6 mil­lion users in 190 coun­tries, said no con­tracts, ap­pli­cant re­sumes, credit card in­for­ma­tion or bank ac­count in­for­ma­tion had been af­fected.

Pageup chief ex­ec­u­tive Karen Cariss said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was work­ing with in­ter­na­tional law en­force­ment, au­thor­i­ties and in­de­pen­dent se­cu­rity ex­perts to pre­vent a re­cur­rence.

Ear­lier this week health in­surer Nib sus­pended its use of Pageup fol­low­ing the news that job ap­pli­cants’ data was hacked.

Nib New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Rob Hen­nin said the com­pany was made aware two weeks ago of a data se­cu­rity in­ci­dent. He said cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion had not been af­fected.

Build­ing com­pany Downer has also dis­abled its re­cruit­ment data­base as a re­sult of the Pageup data breach.

Pub­lish­ing group Bauer Me­dia, re­tailer Kathmandu and Aus­tralian air­line Jet­star have all emailed job ap­pli­cants to ad­vise their pri­vacy may have been breached.

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