Dice Holdings (NYSE: DHX) subsidiary ClearanceJobs, an online job board for the Intelligence Community, has been hacked.
The Ukrainian-based hackers stole the names and contact info (including email, phone and/or physical address) of members who possess active U.S. security clearance (including Top Secret / SCI for NSA and CIA).
The hackers sent the victims email messages that appeared to be an official ClearanceJobs communication. The messages included a document attachment (with a potential virus), and began as follows:
From: Pamela Jones <email@example.com>
Subject: Job offer-flexible schedule and high salary.ClearanceJobs
Hello, you have received this message because you have published your CV at ClearanceJobs and you meet our requirements.
Our company is one of the best in the field of e-currency. We specialize in purchasing, selling and exchanging electronic currencies for our clients all over the world. Our firm is ISO certificated. The company has been found in 1998 and by now we are one of the leaders in this market. Our main goal is: 100% customer satisfaction that is why we are looking for honest, confident and reliable employees.
Evan Lesser, founder of ClearanceJobs, indicated that the resultant “phishing scam” was similar to those that plagued Monster.com in August.
According to WashingtonTechnology, ClearanceJobs had 64,000 registered users in 2006.
From a strategic standpoint, the danger here is obvious. The Intelligence Community consists of a tight-knit group of professionals who are very discreet. In order to offer a service to these people, their primal need for secrecy must be understood, respected and protected.