Canada: Hacking, Extortion And Human Resources

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It is not often that employers and HR practitioners have to worry about extortion, but the recent story about Drake International makes this a good time to remind employers of their obligations with employee personal information.

Drake was the victim of a computer hacking and extortion scheme. Instead of kidnapping a person, hackers are now stealing sensitive information and demanding a ransom for its return. In Drake’s case, it was information about its clients and their job searches.

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