Month: April 2011

2500 Companies that use Epsilon for email data storage have been hacked.

*** Update, only 50 companies of Epsilon’s 2500 clients were impacted by the breach ***

Epsilon a company that provide email data storage for over 2500 companies has been hacked.  Hackers chose them because of the large scale of data they store.  If you haven’t already gotten an email like the several I have gotten explaining the Epsilon hacking, you probably will.  Here is a copy of the email I got from Walgreens:

On March 30th, we were informed by Epsilon, a company we use to send emails to our customers, that files containing the email addresses of some Walgreens customers were accessed without authorization.

We have been assured by Epsilon that the only information that was obtained was your email address. No other personally identifiable information was at risk because such data is not contained in Epsilon’s email system.

For your security, we encourage you to be aware of common email scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Walgreens will not send you emails asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If ever asked for this information, you can be confident it is not from Walgreens.

We regret this has taken place and any inconvenience this may have caused you. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact us at 1-855-814-0010. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information.

Sincerely,

Walgreens Customer Service Team

 

The thing to remember is companies don’t ask for personal information using email.  So never give out your credit card information, social security number or bank account information in reply to an email.

Senora Clarisia Antonio Email Scam

Here is a charity scam titled “Senora Clarisia Antonio”, and it goes like this:

I wish to make a donation to you of 4.8 Million Euros. As my doctor just confirmed to me that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from. I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my late husband’s effort to open a charity organization. If you can assure me of being able to handle my offer please get back to me for more details by emailing me on my private email address: senoraantonio@xbmail.com

Sincerely Yours, Senora Clarisia Antonio.