Another day, another data breach. Epsilon, a company that manages email communications for companies such as JP Morgan Chase, TiVo, Capital One, Kroger, New York and Co. and apparently several others has revealed that a breach has occurred and may have exposed some of those company’s clients’ information. As a matter of fact you may have already received an email from one of the companies affected, I know I have.
At this point it’s too early to really know how big a breach this really is, according to Epsilon they send over 40 billion emails annually which means they probably have a bank of millions of email addresses (though Epsilon won’t reveal the actual number). The company says that they are confident that only email addresses and names were compromised and that all your other data is safe, I’ll wait a while to see if I believe that because since the incident just occurred on the March 30th it’s really way too early to tell.
Read Epsilon’s full statement below:
On March 30th, an incident was detected where a subset of Epsilon clients’ customer data were exposed by an unauthorized entry into Epsilon’s email system. The information that was obtained was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only. A rigorous assessment determined that no other personal identifiable information associated with those names was at risk. A full investigation is currently underway.
Besides the company’s we mentioned early, have you been contacted with a message from another company about this breach? As a suggestion, I would watch your credit report a bit more carefully for the next 3-6 months. You should also pay more attention to emails that appear to come from these companies, as each company is notifying customers they will NEVER ask you for personal information through an email, if you get one that does assume it’s a fake and send it straight to the spam folder.