Australian real estate network First National released a statement following reports last week that information it held on job applicants had been leaked online. In the statement, First National explained that a recruitment agency it uses, Sales Inventory Profile, was responsible for the breach. “First National immediately responded through every appropriate channel to ensure that its network had not breached or participated in any notifiable data breach,” the organisation wrote, noting this included completing its due diligence, such as reaching out to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). Sales Inventory Profile, founded by Maya Saric in 1995, describes its product as the “world’s first sales staff pre-selection software that allows you to identify which candidates can sell before the interview with 90 percent accuracy”. First National is not the only customer of the recruitment software firm, with its website showing Starr Partners, Sophos, and Professionals Real Estate Group are also on its books. “As this breach is not within First National’s responsibility, we, like all networks with the real estate industry are dependent upon the Sales Inventory Profile organisation complying with the necessary security arrangements,” First National network chief executive Ray Ellis said. “We are working with our affected offices, and more importantly, any applicants that have been affected”. The information leak was first highlighted by Gareth Llewellyn, who works in information security for Brass Horn Communications, after he tweeted last week about what he found online. Initially, Llewellyn found an indexed S3 bucket that contained over 6,000… [Read full story]
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