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BLOG: Epsilon breach: hack of the century?

Darlene Storm (Computerworld US) | April 6, 2011
Get ready to be spammed by phishing scams. When it's all said and done, the Epsilon hack may be the largest name and email address breach in the history of the Internet.

Be on the lookout for spear phishing campaigns and don't nibble on them. Keep your security software updated. If you feel like you really must open an email from one of these companies, then mouse over the link to see if the domain name matches the company. Check for HTTPS. Don't give out sensitive personal information unless you are 100% sure you are dealing directly with the company as these emails can open the way to identity theft.

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law at Harvard Law School and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, told Brian Krebs, Epsilon was lazy in its security. "Worse, customers who specifically asked to opt out of marketing emails were also affected. Opting out should mean genuine removal from the database, rather than retention in the database with a marker indicating that someone has opted out."

More companies may come forward to alert customers of their names and email addresses being stolen. This list keeps swelling and this may be the outsourcing hack from hell. It's ridiculous.




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