Not-so-trusted Third Parties: Why You’ve Been Getting “Your Email Was Leaked” Notices

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Got a kid taking the SAT or AP exams? It’s time to have a little talk about how to avoid phishing schemes–their email addresses may have been lost to spammers last week. Epsilon, one of the world’s largest such companies, had their databases breached.

You may have noticed something was up this weekend when you got several emails from companies saying your name and email addresses had been leaked, or that their database had been breached. It’s because those companies used Epsilon, a third-party company, for their email marketing. You probably don’t know the name Epsilon, but you know them in the context of “we may share your email address with trusted third parties” when you sign up for mailing lists.

[To learn more about the breach and see a partial list of affected companies, read the rest of Ruth Suehle’s post at GeekMom.]
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