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Hackers target Canadian job placement firm, demand money

SHERRY NOIK | QMI AGENCY

A Canadian job placement company hit by hackers says it won't negotiate to get its data back.

Drake International confirmed to QMI Agency Thursday that the group known as Rex Mundi gained access to its files.

The hackers claimed in an online post they had obtained 300,000 "confidential job applicant records" of candidates in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada, as well as other information pertaining to the company's clients - one of which is Ontario's eHealth program.

Spokesman Tony Scala confirmed that Ontario's eHealth program is a client of the staffing firm, which is headquartered in Toronto and operates in nine countries.

But, Scala said, the password Rex Mundi obtained was not related to business - it belonged to someone from eHealth who logged on to a section of the website that contains articles.

"There are no tax records, business numbers, social insurance numbers - none of that information is even kept in our database," Scala added. And he said much of the information is from an older database.

Rex Mundi said "a mere $50,000" would stop it from releasing the data.

"They have until the end of this week to pay us," the group's post reads.

"So far, we have unfortunately not heard back from the nice folks over at Drake. Does this mean that they do not care about their clients and job applicants' privacy?"

Drake doesn't plan to pay up. Instead, the company is sending out an e-mail to the people affected by the breach and advising them to change their passwords if they feel "vulnerable," Scala said.

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