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  • I got this in my Email today~Epsilon Security Breach

    1 posts, 1 voices, 536 views, started Apr 14, 2011

    Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      Dear Colleagues,

      The DTNA Information Security team wants to inform you of a very serious, high-profile computing risk: e-mail service provider Epsilon Interactive's recent security breach.

      This message contains detailed information that could affect our business—and you. It is important that you read about this risk as well as the safety measures regarding DTNA e-mail security. In addition, we offer information to help protect your own personal e-mail and data.

      Epsilon’s Security Breach

      Epsilon Interactive, a major national e-mail service provider, recently experienced a data breach that exposed the e-mail addresses of millions of their customers to potential hackers or spammers. Those customers include large corporations and banks. Many of you may have already received notifications from your banks and other service providers.  

      In a press release dated April 6th, Epsilon Interactive confirmed “the unauthorized entry into an Epsilon e-mail system was limited to e-mail addresses and/or customer names only. No personal identifiable information (PII) was compromised, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or account information.”  However, since some of the compromised e-mail accounts are from affected banks, you might receive "phishing" e-mail messages that appear to be from your bank or other organizations. (Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as user names, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.)  

      Phishing e-mail messages often appear legitimate; therefore, it is important to pay particular attention to any message that asks you to log in to a Web site for any reason. Also, please remember that your bank will never ask you to send them your account number, password, Social Security number, or other personal information. Such a request is always a scam.


      At this point, we are not aware of any DTNA or Daimler services being affected, but it is possible that DTNA business partners may be affected. You may notice an increase in the number of spam e-mails you receive at DTNA and in your personal e-mail accounts. To minimize any potential effect this might have on DTNA, we are working toward solutions with the Daimler CERT team and our ITM/S and ITI colleagues in Stuttgart. However, we ask that you be vigilant in the near future when opening e-mail messages.

      Here are some tips to help keep your e-mail secure:

      Protect your e-mail address. Never share it with unknown persons or companies.
      Delete suspicious e-mail without opening it.
      Never open unfamiliar e-mail attachments.
      Note that poor spelling or grammar in the subject line could indicate spam or malicious e-mail.
      Never leave your company e-mail address on an untrusted (or, unfamiliar) Internet site or public news group for non-business use.
      Never click on unfamiliar Internet links, especially those sent through e-mail.
      Never provide login credentials to a request from an e-mail message—a sure sign of scam.

      For more information:

      Click hereto read the Computerworldarticle for a summary of Epsilon's data breach, and what it means to you.
      Click hereto read the Security Weekarticle that lists known organizations whose e-mail addresses were compromised.
      Click herefor more information about phishing.
      Click here tovisit the DTNA Information Security Portal.
      Click hereto view the latest press release about the data breach from Epsilon Interactive.
      Thank you for your cooperation.

      Chris Poorman
      DTNA Information Security Officer

      If you are not the intended addressee, please inform us immediately that you have received this e-mail in error, and delete it. We thank you for your cooperation.


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