Guardian newspaper suffers hack

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Guardian jobs website hacked

Users of The Guardian newspaper were informed on Saturday that their secure data may have been accessed after a 'sophisticated and deliberate' hacking attempt.

Police are investigating a crime which saw hackers access the personal information of users who had applied for a job via The Guardian employment site.

Representatives from The Guardian said they had identified the users it believed had been affected by the hack and emailed those believed to be most at risk from identity theft.

A section of the email read:

"We learned yesterday evening that the Guardian Jobs website has been targeted by a sophisticated and deliberate hack, which has breached the security of the data on the site and we believe your personal data, relating to those applications, may have been accessed."

Users respond to the hack

The email continued:

"We are absolutely committed to the privacy of our users, and would like to assure you that we are treating this situation with the utmost seriousness. The matter has been reported to the police, who are now undertaking a full investigation through the police central e-crime unit at New Scotland Yard."

The email went on to list the precautionary measures users could take to prevent identity theft.

Users have responded angrily to The Guardian's reaction to the hack. Talking to the BBC, one affected individual said:

"It's very disconcerting to think that some very important details with regards to my identity could be in the wrong hands. These include my past employment details, date of birth and my current address. I'm also annoyed that the responsibility for doing something about this seems to have been passed on to me."