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Experts: Low-Risk Breach Has High Stakes

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 5, 2011

The New York Times reports that privacy experts say a large-scale data breach at e-mail marketer Epsilon has put millions at greater risk of being scammed through phishing attempts. On the surface, a hacker accessing customer names and e-mail addresses doesn't seem overly threatening, but Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security warns, it gives "the bad guys a road map..." Experts say--and many of the affected companies are warning their customers--that, armed with this data, scammers can produce seemingly legitimate "spear-phishing" e-mails that attempt to collect recipients' personal information for nefarious purposes and have a high potential for success. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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