Epsilon hacked and millions of emails compromised

The world’s largest “permissions-based” e-mail marketing company, Epsilon, reported late last week that someone hacked into its computer system and stole an unknown number of e-mail addresses and names.

The scope of this breach is huge, as Epsilon reports sending 40 billion e-mails per year on behalf of its 2,500 clients.Reuters says this is potentially “one of the biggest such breaches in U.S. history.” All customers who signed up to receive e-mails from these companies (see list below) can worry about their data being leaked:

  • TiVo
  • Walgreens
  • US Bank
  • Disney
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Capital One
  • Citi
  • Home Shopping Network
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards
  • Marriott Rewards
  • New York & Company
  • Brookstone
  • The College Board

Read more about it on TechCrunch

28 Millions personal users data leaked from plentyoffish.com

A vulnerability in www.plentyoffish.com exposing users details, including usernames, addresses, phone numbers, real names, email addresses, passwords in plain text, and in most of cases, paypal accounts, of more than 28,000,000 (twenty eight million users) have been actively exploited by hackers.


Paypal accounts and passwords in plain text may lead to additional damage or exploitation.

Chaos Computer Club TV Show, German ID hacked

The famous Chaos Computer Club has demonstrated how easily the new Germand government ID cards could be hacked.

No surprise, the sensitive and personal information stored on the new Germand identification cards are not securely stored. The data involved are primarily the fingerprints and a six-digit PIN that can be used to sign official documents and declarations.

Recently demonstrated  during a TV show in association with the CCC (Chaos Computer Club),  the authority said “no immediate reason to act on the alleged security issue”.  Find out the full story details here: http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20100824-29359.html

Sounds familiar ? “UK’s “unhackable” national ID card hacked in 12 minutes” , a video disclosing similar “features” ,were published one year ago :  http://current.com/shows/upstream/90647506_mclovin-it-uks-id-card-cracked-in-12-minutes.htm