Last Friday, McDonald’s Canada announced that around 95 thousand potential job applicants information was hacked from their job website.
Job seekers who had applied during March 2014 and March 2017, could have their personal data stolen. That data includes names, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and other standard application information.
Luckily, however, McDonald’s stated that other information, such as social insurance numbers, banking or health information were not exposed since such data is never requested on their application forms.
Since the hack, the McDonald’s careers web page has been shut down until further investigation and encourages candidates to apply for the job positions available in person. The company also had stated a message apologizing for the inconvenience.
“When we learned of this privacy breach we immediately shut down the site and launched an investigation,” the company said in a statement. “The careers web page will remain shut down until the investigation is complete and appropriate measures are taken to ensure that this type of security breach does not happen again.”
A spokesman said the company monitors its databases for unauthorized access and this is what led them to identify the situation before more damage could have happened.
“At this time, we have no information that the information taken has been misused.”
If you have applied for a job at McDonald’s Canada during this period and are concern about your data being hacked, McDonald’s has announced that they are contacting each affected candidate via phone or mail.
This, however, is not the firs time when McDonald’s had its system compromised. In the past, its websites in Indonesia and Korea were also hacked. As far as job seekers who had their data stolen in the recent breach it is advised to keep an eye on the situation since hackers can carry out social engineering scams using their email and phone numbers.
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