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Massive Breach of U.S. based email marketer Epsilon exposes mailing lists for major brands

On April 1, 2011 Dallas based email marketing firm Epsilon made the following announcement:

"On March 30th, an incident was detected where a subset* of Epsilon clients' customer data were exposed by an unauthorized entry into Epsilon's email system. The information that was obtained was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only. A rigorous assessment determined that no other personal identifiable information associated with those names was at risk. A full investigation is currently underway."

Since this announcement was made a growing list of major brands have come forward and have acknowledged being affected by the breach. This list includes:

• Kroger
• TiVo
• US Bank
• JPMorgan Chase
• Capital One
• Citi
• Home Shopping Network (HSN)
• Ameriprise Financial
• LL Bean Visa Card
• Lacoste
• AbeBooks
• Hilton Honors Program
• Dillons
• Fred Meyer
• Beachbody
• TD Ameritrade
• Ethan Allen
• Eileen Fisher
• MoneyGram
• TIAA-CREF
• Verizon
• McKinsey & Company
• Ritz-Carlton Rewards
• Marriott Rewards
• New York & Company
• Brookstone
• Walgreens
• The College Board
• Disney Destinations
• Best Buy
• Robert Half
• Target
• QFC
• bebe Stores
• Ralphs
• Fry's
• 1-800-Flowers
• Red Roof Inn
• King Soopers
• Air Miles
• Eddie Bauer
• Scottrade

At the moment we have no accurate information regarding Canadian subsidiaries of these companies and if they are affected.

Clients who normally receive emails from any of these brands should be on heightened alert for potentially fraudulent or malicious emails. As always, C&C advises its clients to never open attachments from non-trusted senders, to never send your password to anyone via email and to exercise caution when clicking on links in email as they can easily be directed to virus infected websites.

Clients having any questions or concerns regarding this or any IT related issue are encouraged to contact the C&C Service Desk at 864-4595 or help@mun.ca.

 
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