Hackers target Guardian online job seekers

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A "sophisticated and deliberate hack" targeting the Guardian newspaper's UK jobs site has put the personal details of some users at risk, it was revealed today.

The Guardian emailed affected users to say: "The Guardian Jobs website has been targeted by a sophisticated and deliberate hack, which has breached the security of the data on the site.

"You have used the site to make one or more job applications and we believe your personal data, relating to those applications, may have been accessed."

A statement on the jobs website said: "We have been assured by our provider that the system is now secure and we have identified and contacted everyone who may have been affected.

"We would like to assure you that we are absolutely committed to protecting the privacy of our users and we are treating this situation with the utmost seriousness."

The UK jobs site reportedly passed two million users in March.

A Guardian technology director said: "Not all users are affected by any means."

The hack does not affect the separate US site, which is independent of the UK operation.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "Police were notified on Friday of a suspected offence of computer hacking. Officers from the police central e-crime unit are investigating. No arrests have been made and inquiries continue."

Users of the site must register using an email address and are given the opportunity to upload their CV.

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