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Netherlands – Hacker strikes again blackmailing staffing firm

03 July 2012

Staffing firm Accord has fallen victim to a hacking group which have accessed their database. This comes after the same hackers, who refer to themselves as Rex Mundi, had blackmailed the Belgian recruitment firm AGO-Interim to pay a ransom or otherwise go public with personal candidate data.

And now the same thing has happened again and, as in the previous case, the Dutch firm involved is not prepared to pay the hackers any money. The firm has reported the incidence to the police and have contacted candidates who have been affected by this latest hacking attack.

Various newspapers report that the hackers are demanding €10,000 for not publishing the personal details of mainly temporary workers who had registered with the firm. This data includes names, e-mail addresses, and CVs of applicants. The hackers have already published some details and it is reported that this data is “authentic” but in many cases also “out of date.”

On their Twitter account, the hacking group has provided a link to the hacked data. Last week they first announced having hacked into Accord’s database, claiming they had downloaded the “records of thousands of job applicants.” The group is not only targeting staffing firms though as in June, they also blackmailed lender, AmeriCash Advance, after having accessed records containing personal loan applications.

Rex Mundi use the latin motto "Non nobis domine non nobis sed nomini tuo da glorium" which is the opening sentence of Psalm 115. It translates as “not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory" and is often used as a prayer of thanksgiving and expression of humility. It was often associated with the Knights Templar during the Crusades.

Accord is a member of the Dutch federation of employment agencies ABU, providing temporary staffing and outsourcing services amongst other things.

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