Theft of personal data instead of recruitment

The world has changed a lot. We are no longer in the era of putting personal information on the Internet and using connected applications to recruit. Now, organizations such as Randstad keep sensitive data on their servers and use AI software to filter for potential employees without giving any information about the applicants directly to them.

The case

Randstad is an international organization with several job-seeker websites around the world. The company’s servers were also attacked by a ransomware virus that stole data before encrypting it in line with new trends. Randstad did not pay a ransom, so some information was leaked to the Internet.

Did you know?

Randstad used full-time recruiters to find workers for their websites in the past. However, in recent times, they have switched to using AI-powered tools that can search through millions of job seekers’ data and filter out matches based on abilities and location.


As a result of the attack, Randstad lost access to some information but retained all company documents. This places the company in an advantageous position to repackage and resell the data for a great deal of money.