Many of you may have received an email over the weekend from a company that you do business with that reads similarly to the following:
We have been informed by Epsilon, the vendor that sends email to you on our behalf, that your e-mail address may have been exposed by unauthorized entry into their system.
Epsilon has assured us that the only information that may have been obtained was your first and last name and e-mail address. REST ASSURED THAT THIS VENDOR DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO OTHER MORE SENSITIVE INFORMATION SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR CREDIT CARD DATA.
Please note, it is possible you may receive spam e-mail messages as a result. We want to urge you to be cautious when opening links or attachments from unknown third parties.
In keeping with standard security practices, the <COMPANY> will never ask you to provide or confirm any information, including credit card numbers, unless you are on a secure <COMPANY> site.
Epsilon has reported this incident to, and is working with, the appropriate authorities.
We regret this has taken place and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information.
Security Week has published a story regarding this breach and is keeping it updated with the brands that have been affected. Please take a look and if you do business with any of the reported companies, please be extra cautious of any emails that appear to be sent from them to you in coming weeks, especially if they are asking you for personal information. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of an e-mail, it is always best to contact the company for verification.
Stay safe out there!