Major Breach at Epsilon, the World’s Largest Permission Based Email Marketing Services Company, Affects Wide Range of Major Brands – List Continues to Grow [Updated]
Update 04.04.11 – Epsilon issued an additional statement saying the breach affected approximately 2% of its email clients. (Estimated to be about 50 clients based on Epsilon’s claims of 2,500 email clients)
Due to the growing list of brands disclosing they’ve been compromised as a result of this breach, I’m going to go ahead and tag this as a massive breach. And I only expect it to get bigger as more announcements come out from Epsilon customers.
Last night we reported on a breach at marketing services provider, Epsilon, the world’s largest permission-based email marketing provider. Initially we wrote that the breach had affected Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer.
It turns out that Kroger is only one of many customers affected by the breach at Epsilon.
Epsilon sends over 40 billion emails annually and counts over 2,500 clients, including 7 of the Fortune 10 to build and host their customer databases.
SecurityWeek has been able to confirm that the customer names and email addresses, and in a few cases other pieces of information, were compromised at several major brands including the following