There's a chance that at least one of your email addresses could be in unknown hands, following a hacking incident last week.
Epsilon, the world's largest permission-based email marketing company, issued a statement last Friday. It was not an April Fool's Day gag.
Epsilon getting hacked meant that many of the company's client lists are potentially compromised. TiVo was one of the companies that independently notified its customers. Best Buy today sent out the following email, which just showed up in my own inbox:
Epsilon's other clients include:
• US Bank
• JPMorgan Chase
• Capital One
• Home Shopping Network
• Ameriprise Financial
• LL Bean Visa Card
• McKinsey & Company
• Ritz-Carlton Rewards
• Marriott Rewards
• New York & Company
• The College Board
• Disney Destinations
• Best Buy
• Robert Half Technologies
For more on the story, and an updated listing of potentially affected companies, hit up SecurityWeek.
We regret this has taken place and for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information. For more information on keeping your data safe, please visit:
What about you guys? what website do you visit about keeping my data safe? WTF?
mrmotionWe regret this has taken place and for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information. For more information on keeping your data safe, please visit:http://www.geeksquad.com/do-it-you safe.aspx. What about you guys? what website do you visit about keeping my data safe? WTF?Certainly not that one. That link's broken! :lol:
Thanks for the link, I already know how to keep my data safe; that can not be said of you, who already got my data stolen. Gotta love spins like that, where somehow the client is responsible for the company's f**k-up.
Let it be said, these so-called 'hackers" are mere employees of the said Epsilon company that sold their clients out for a decent lump of cash. I see those occurrences on a regular basis, but never a follow-up on that, like "we caught the bad guys, or we are in the process of catching the bad guys, will let you know".
That would minimum of courtesy shown to a client who was let down by you; even the police, after one reports theft, gets back to you with some sort of conclusion. These companies, however, are above any rules of decent behavior, unless it makes them money right then and there.
And, somehow, there are never consequences to their mistakes... They keep in business without even a slap on the wrist, even though their mistakes are very costly for us (try fixing your credit score and you'll see what I'm talking about).
I am already getting personalized phishing messages that include my name - so far they are at least poorly written. I doubt that all they got was an email address and name - they probably also got phone numbers, addresses, job titles, etc.
I read someone here say it best: the WWW is like the Wild West, and it's probably not going to be more secure anytime soon. I try and limit my online purchases to the use of a credit card that has outstanding protection against fraud and am very mindful of my credit score. Beyond that I just try and use common sense.