Epsilon Breach Will Impact Consumers for Years

This week consumers are receiving messages from trusted companies such as 1-800-Flowers, Chase, Hilton HHonors and others, letting them know that their e-mail addresses have been exposed due to the recent Epsilon data breach. This provides a perfect opportunity for cybercriminals, who may try to take advantage of the breach to send out phishing e-mails designed to steal user names and passwords. Since consumers are receiving legitimate e-mails, they may be less suspicious of the phishing  or spear phishing ones.

Generally when a credit card is compromised a new number and card is issued making the breach a forgotten inconvenience. However when a Social Security number is breached, the victim can feel the effects for decades. Email addresses fall in the middle because consumers have the ability to change them, but often weigh the pros and cons and keep them for convenience sake.  This is what makes getting phished a…

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