Millions of email accounts hacked following Epsilon security breach

We told you last month about users email accounts on TripAdvisor being hacked into, and today we have some more email accounts being hacked on some big US retailers. This follows a security breach at Epsilon, and concerns millions of email accounts.

An article by James on Empowered News is reporting more email addresses have been stolen by hackers from the likes of Best Buy, TiVo Inc, and Walgreen Co. the companies have confirmed that customer’s personal information that they hold has been compromised.

They use a service which is run by Dallas based company Epsilon, that also supplies around 2,500 companies nationwide. In a statement they said that an investigation would be taking place, and reassured customers that the data stolen was emails and names.

The retailers concerned have said that Epsilon contacted them about the hack and said the risk was small as only email addresses had been stolen. The email addresses could be used by the hackers to contact customers to try and get more personal information from them.

Other companies affected by the hacking include Kroger Co., and financial firm JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPMorgan have confirmed no financial information was involved in the data theft. Best Buy has warned customers to ignore emails requesting asking for personal details that may be used in identity theft. Barclays Bank also uses Epsilon and have again warned customers about rogue emails, but stated all of their credit card information is safe.

Customers who have used Disney Destinations should also keep a watch on their inbox, as they were also caught up in the email hack according to an article by Pete Werner on DIS Unplugged.

Does this security breach concern you?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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