Members of Rex Mundi, who previously attempted to extort $15,000 from AmeriCash Advance, claim to have stolen 300,000 applicant records from job placement firm Drake International.

"The hackers ... made their threats public Wednesday through the social media site Twitter, linking to a Web site where they outlined their demands for $50,000 to keep the stolen information private," writes The Financial Post's Christine Dobby. "They claim to have data on users from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand."

"A payment however looks unlikely to happen after Canadian Drake executive Tony Scala, who confirmed the breach on Wednesday to the Financial Post, said it 'won’t be blackmailed' and will not negotiate with the hackers. ... Drake was cooperating with authorities to ensure the details would be 'protected as best they can be,' said Scala, adding that the company intends to contact affected candidates by email," writes CSO Online's Liam Tung.