One Security Firm's Monster Fake Out

March 12, 2010 - 1:51 pm

Taylor Buley

A year ago January we heard news that notified users that it had been breached. Although the details surrounding the incident are murky, hackers apparently made their way into one of Monster's databases and reached some users' personal data.

This morning, I received an email from the public relations manager at a security firm named Application Security, Inc. citing a report that said Monster had been breached for the second time in 18 months. This is utterly incorrect, according to Monster's VP of public relations.

"We have not had any issues with a security breach," Matthew Henson tells us. "This is just a reprint of a story from 2009."

The original story, which was apparently subsequently scraped and used as fodder for a malware campaign, appears to have been published by the Associated Press over a year ago and referenced the January attack and one before it. It was apparently republished yesterday, picked up by Google News and relayed to the public relations person in question.


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