The Epsilon data breach

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  1. viguera
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  2. The spam filter my hosting company uses catches 99 percent of the junk. I do not think it will be much of an issue.
     
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    Hmm... We'll see. Thanks for the info.
     
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    I've received notification from 4 different entities about the Epsilon breach. Hopefully spam filter catches most.
     
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    Some travel related companies use email address as the username for accounts. For example, SPG does this. I wouldn't like the idea of knowing the bad guys are that much closer to my account.
     
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    Yeah I was about to say, although I'm not sure if SPG used Epsilon, but they do use your email.

    A lot of it goes back to common sense though... now you just have to be extra vigilant against phishing attacks, since it's not one of those cases where you get an email from The Bank of London to reset your password, and you know good and well that you don't have an account with them.

    With something like this, they know for a fact that you have an account with HHonors or Best Buy or whatever, so they might be able to do more targeted phishing attacks. But again, nothing that a little bit of common sense and vigilance won't take care of.
     
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    You can add HSBC to that list as I got an email from them today about my email getting out. Not fun!
     
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    + Citibank. Is Epsilon public? Maybe should invest in their stock.
     
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    Epsilon is a subsiday of
    Alliance Data Systems Corporation

    (Public, NYSE:ADS)
     
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    The spammers that will get hold of email addresses from Epsilon probably already have mine, so my spam content will remain the same: high.
     
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    I've been notified by several retailers including Ethan Allen furniture and Home Depot.
     
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    I worry that the breach may not be limited to only email addresses, but only time will tell. I'd recommend keeping a close watch on your credit reports in the meantime. I was contacted by best buy rewards and barclays.
     
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    Got email from
    - Disney Destinations
    -Lacoste USA
    - HHONORS

    Saw on website:
    -Chase
    -Citcards
     
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    My wife got email from Citi HHonors. I have yet to receive a notification for my accounts.
     
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    Yeah it's ridiculous just how many companies used the same processor for marketing spam. :)

    The silver lining in this whole thing is that hopefully the damage will be isolated to spam. It doesn't make sense for Epsilon to have anything more than really basic information to compose these marketing messages... I'd guess customer name, program (like HHonors, to customize the email) and program account #, and maybe a few more bits. It's unlikely that they'd have anything else.

    Of course the problem with increased spam is that now you have to be extra vigilant about not missing any REAL emails from countless programs that you've opted into, plus making sure that the ones that you do look at are real and not a well-crafted phishing attempt.
     
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    I also received emails from:
    - Best Buy
    - Target
    - Disney
    - US Bank
    - Chase
    - Hilton Honors
     
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    Citibank
    Hilton

    so far. :(
     
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    Target and Hilton so far. Grrr!
     
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    Hilton, Chase and Bestbuy
     
  20. Only HHonors contacted me so far.. but i'm a member at Best Buy and Lacoste.. we'll see.:(
     
  21. What is worrisome is that a company like Epsilon has aggregate data on each e-mail address, so they know exactly who you bank with, shop with, travel with, etc.
     
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    We've so far received from Chase, Citi, and HSBC but sounds like more to come. Wow, I'm amazed at how many companies use this one service...not a good situation
     
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    Indeed... I'm sure that relational db must look nice. You think that you have an account with Citi and fly AA, but at the end of the day someone somewhere knows every company you're involved with. It's not 20 companies that have individual pieces, but one company with all of them... that could be trouble for sure.
     
  24. The program Air Miles in Canada is compromised!
     
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    I have accounts with lots of these companies, but I haven't received any notifications yet. Am I safe? Or should I be really worried?
     
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