Personal Info Exposed After Massive Hacker-Caused Data Breach

Well, this is discomfiting news for a Monday morning. A hacker permeated into the system of "Epsilon" which is an online marketer serving a wide and diverse variety of customers numbering in the millions, and it's unclear just how much data has been released--and to whom. While some of the information leaked is limited to names and email addresses, when it comes to banks and testing companies, it's hardly going to make customers comfortable.

From Reuters :

The names and e-mails of customers of Citigroup Inc and other large U.S. companies, as well as College Board students, were exposed in a massive and growing data breach after a computer hacker penetrated online marketer Epsilon.

Drugstore Walgreen, Video recorder TiVo Inc, credit card lender Capital One Financial Corp and teleshopping company HSN Inc all added their names to a list of targets that also includes some of the nation's largest banks.

 In what could be one of the biggest such breaches in U.S. history, a diverse swath of companies that did business with Epsilon stepped forward over the weekend to warn customers some of their electronic information could have been exposed.

The companies involved have warned those potentially affected to beware third-party emails with attachments.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 4, 2011, 4:01am

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