Email Breach: Epsilon’s Marketing Database has been Compromised

Email Breach: Epsilon’s Marketing Database has been Compromised
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After Tripadvisor, here’s another breach in one of the major marketing firms providing services to firms like Kroger and JP Morgan Chase. The stolen email addresses will probably used for another round of phishing scams and spam activities.

PC World: “The Epsilon e-mail breach has escalated into a “massive breach,” according to SecurityWeek blogger Mike Lennon.

The breach was first noted on March 31, when Epsilon, a marketing firm whose services include permission-based e-mail marketing and database hosting, began notifying its customers of potential data exposure thanks to an unauthorized entry into Epsilon’s e-mail system. According to Epsilon, the information compromised was “limited to e-mail addresses and/or customer names only,” and “no other personal identifiable information associated with those names was at risk.”

One of Epsilon’s clients, grocery chain The Kroger Co., subsequently notified its customers that the database had been breached, and urged its customers to be wary of e-mail from senders they did not know. Later, it was revealed that JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Marriott Rewards, McKinsey Quarterly, US Bank, Citi, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Brookstone, Walgreens, The College Board, and the Home Shopping Network (HSN) have joined the ranks.”


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