Hackers breach security on 'Guardian' website

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A "sophisticated and deliberate hack" into the Guardian's UK jobs website has put the personal details of some users at risk, the newspaper revealed yesterday.

It emailed affected users to warn them that the security of data on the Guardian Jobs site had been breached. "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," it said.

A statement on the website added: "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 we are absolutely committed to protecting the privacy of our users and we are treating this situation with the utmost seriousness."

A spokesman for the Guardian the hack did not affect its US site, which is independent of the UK operation.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police 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."