In another warning story, this time from the USA, internet marketing firm Epsilon was the target of a specific attack, allowing customers’ confidential data to be exposed.
The theft of the confidential information (in this case, email addresses) can enable hackers to use phishing to trick the customer into revealing further confidential information. In this case, this data could reveal where the customers, then the hacker could sucessfully direct the customer to a a website which looks like a legitimate banking site, but in truth, is not.
Practical steps you can take include checking new emails addresses against previous emails from the bank, warning family members (especially younger ones) about the dangers, and checking links in emails before you click on them.
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