Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Someone's Got My Data

On Monday I got an e-mail from the Marriott. I thought it was about my reservation for Tech-Ed in Atlanta next month. No, this "Important Notice" told me that a company I had never heard of (Epsilon) may have inadvertently leaked my e-mail address and related data. Epsilon is a marketing company, i.e. they do loads of e-mail for Marriott and a myriad of other large corporations to manage customer communications.

Epsilon did not give my information away willy-nilly. Instead, some ninny cracked the Epsilon databases, and e-mails like mine can now be used for spam, phishing and other nefarious deeds.

Like before this break-in, common sense makes sense. Any e-mail that asks you for your information, social security number, passwords, etc., beware!

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/06/2011 at 1:18 PM


Featured

  • Microsoft Offers More Help on Windows Server 2008 Upgrades

    Microsoft this week published additional help resources for organizations stuck on Windows Server 2008, which fell out of support on Jan. 14.

  • Microsoft Ups Its Carbon Reduction Goals

    Microsoft on Thursday announced a corporatewide carbon reduction effort that aims to make the company "carbon negative" by 2030.

  • How To Dynamically Lock Down an Unattended Windows 10 PC

    One of the biggest security risks in any organization happens when a user walks away from their PC without logging out. Microsoft has the solution (and it's not a password-protected screensaver).

  • First Stable Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser Released

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced the first release of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser at the "stable" commercial-release stage.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.