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World – International recruiter in $50k hacking case

10 January 2013

Drake International has become the latest victim of a hacking group that was behind similar attacks against staffing companies last year. Drake is headquartered in Canada and also operates across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The company has been blackmailed by a group of hackers known as Rex Mundis. 

The group demanded $50,000 after having accessed 300 job applicant records last week. Drake International confirmed the attack, which was first announced via the hackers’ Twitter account this week.

The hackers claim to have gained access to confidential data from jobseekers in four countries and published some details on the website pastebin. The group threatened with the release of the data – which includes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords – if they do not receive the money in time. They said: “We immediately contacted Drake International to offer them not to release the data in exchange of a mere $50,000. They have until the end of this week to pay us. If they fail to comply, their entire database will be posted on Pastebin and on various other websites.”

The recruiter has contacted the police and will not give in to the demands.

Rex Mundis made headlines last year after having made similar attacks public against staffing companies in the Benelux countries, including against the firms Accord and AGO-Interim as Staffing Industry Analysts reported in July 2012. 

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