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Old 04-03-2011, 02:17 AM   #1
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I feel violated

So, I decide to check my email today and am greeted by this lovely message:

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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 College Board will never ask you to provide or confirm any information, including credit card numbers, unless you are on a secure College Board 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.

Sincerely,

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I did some reading around and found out this is happening to many different companies who contract with this place, like Kroger Grocery Stores and US Bank. Have any of you received similar notices?

At least they didn't get access to my SAT score, who knows what they'd do with it? I imagine it'd be something like this, "Hey, Will at pichu.fan@gmail.com got a 1790 on his SAT! What a douche!"

Not that I care though, my email and name is already out there to begin with.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:54 AM   #2
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Oh crap. No. This has never happened to me before.
Your only choice now you have is to change your irl username.
Ohwait.

In all seriousness, though. Sorry that this happened to you.
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lol. well at least they didnt got any important info.
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:45 PM   #4
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Yeah, that's why I really do not care. If what they said is to be believed, then they can have my name and email address, as there is little they can do with it besides send me email spam (big whoop.)
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:19 PM   #5
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Well, all personal information for everyone is on the internet, and for free to people that know what they're doing. Everything has a downside I suppose. However minor a threat that is, I'd still report it. I'd rather see him locked up than you in debt.
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Yeah, my mom actually got hit by this because she's subscribed to Kroger's email advertisements. Such a kawinkydink that you got hit too, but still troubling nonetheless.

I agree with SGC64 here; just report it, keep calm, and carry on.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:20 PM   #7
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Ironic, considering I used to work at a Kroger about 7 years ago. Sucks, but at least they didn't get anything overly damning.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:34 PM   #8
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Yeah, my mom actually got hit by this because she's subscribed to Kroger's email advertisements. Such a kawinkydink that you got hit too, but still troubling nonetheless.

I agree with SGC64 here; just report it, keep calm, and carry on.
Apparently a lot of stores/places contracted with Epsilon to handle their mail service, and when Epsilon was breached, essentially everyone who contracted with them was.

Just goes to show you never really know who you give your information to. Sign up for a newsletter, click the little checkbox for receiving news from their sponsors, and now fifty other corps have your information.
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Because nobody sells information on the internet, that'd be ridiculous.

I make a point of checking no boxes unless I'm sure of what I'm doing. It may be boring but read privacy policies, EULA, and other 'official' documentation. Can prevent some nasty surprises.

What I love is something to the effect of:

"You hereby give permission to this entity, it's subsidiaries, affiliates..."

Amazing what can be considered an affiliate, or a subsidiary.

Fine print...urgh.
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Wow that sucks, glad none of your extremely personal stuff got spilled out. Besides your name and e-mail....If you have a facebook, people can basically see it anyway lol.
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