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Personal Information Security  II

(September 5, 2007) Here's the opening salvo:

The Monster Burglary continues to impact innocent jobseekers and (non-jobseekers) everywhere.  My wife forwarded me the e-mail below.  Mind you, she has never used Monster.com.  She did, several year back, use FedJobs to see what was available in the federal public sector.  She did not know that FedJobs was affiliated (or powered) by Monster.  No one informed her of that. (Recruiting Nevada)

The header of this blog (Recruiting Nevada) proclaims that the proprietor is the publisher of "Nevada's Largest Network of Employment Websites." So, it comes as no real surprise that the stance is decidedly anti-monster. After all, Monster is their day to day competition for both candidates and customers.

The degree to which the competition has used this moment to lambaste Monster is pretty amazing.  That said, read Monster Burglary and Monster Burglary (response) by the same author. While the focus is on Monster, the back story is clear.

Job Boards with resume databases will always have variations of the troubles Monster encountered this summer. Selling resume databases implies a criminal problem with access by "hackers" or misuse of the data by paying customers. While it is possible to minimize the risk, it is impossible to eliminate it.

What's really interesting here is the shift from blogging as an information tool to blogging as a propaganda arm. In the article about his wife's email experiences, Doug Geinzer (who I believe writes the blog) manages to simultaneously quote his Nevada connections (wife was a District Attorney) while bashing Monster for failing to disclose that they powered the FedJobs website. It's brilliant and effective marketing.

You'd have to guess that Nevada is home to a number of operations who use ads for non-existent jobs to troll for personal information. It would be very interesting to hear Recruiting Nevada's approach to screening out that form of phishing. Just how do they verify that an opening actually exists? Is that form of job ad just another way to do what the "hackers" did at Monster?

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