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Theft of Epsilon Data Could Lead to New Phishing Scams

This news item expired April 16, 2011. It may contain out-of-date information.
Email marketing giant Epsilon recently suffered a security breach that resulted in the theft of potentially millions of individual customer names and email addresses. Epsilon provides email marketing for over 2,500 large companies, including US Bank, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Best Buy. While Epsilon and its clients maintain that no private personal data was lost in the theft, experts warn that cybercrime groups will be able to fine-tune spear-phishing attacks by correlating specific names and email addresses to information about where a person shops. Use caution with emails that appear to come from your favorite stores or businesses.

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