Government website giving your details to cyber-villains

11 December 2012

Send in CyberCop!

It won't surprise you one bit that, as an organisation that is constantly losing files and laptops, the government have made a website that effectively offers up your details to cyber-attacks.

Hackers have found that they can exploit gaping security flaws on the government's new jobs website, which means that, anyone who is looking for a job could well get their personal info swiped.

Channel 4 News found that there's a load of vulnerabilities in the Jobmatch site, which allows bad-sorts access to the things you've uploaded in a bid to get a job. That'd be things like copies of your birth certificate and scans of your passports.

This new site came about because the old Jobcentre Plus site was breached by hackers in 2011. These flaws have been sent on to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

"The security of a claimant's data is of the utmost importance to us and we have a number of checks in place when employers register to use the site. Sadly, there will always be a small number of cases where people seek to get around these checks," a statement from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), said.

“If someone is being asked for personal information or details beyond their CV we would recommend they alert Jobcentre Plus immediately."


TOPICS:   Technology   Government   Privacy

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