Customers' Emails Exposed In Epsilon Security Breach
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
NPR's business news starts with a giant security breach.
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INSKEEP: Tens of millions of people could be vulnerable to email scams. An online marketer has told major companies that it inadvertently exposed customers' names and emails.
The marketer is called Epsilon. It says only names and emails were revealed, but that is all a scammer needs to launch what are called phishing attacks. Those are emails that look like they're from trusted companies, but aim to lure people into revealing sensitive information. You get an email saying there's a problem with your bank account. Please send us your Social Security number.
Epsilon's customers are big banks, retailers and hotel chains.
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