AFP: Hackers have gained e-mail addresses for customers at a large number of banks and retail outlets as a result of a data breach at marketing firm Epsilon. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Best Buy, Kroger, TiVo and several other firms have begun notifying customers about the security breach. However, Epsilon says, "The information that was obtained was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only. A rigorous assessment determined that no other personal identifiable information associated with those names was at risk."
More than 2,500 companies use Epsilon to send more than 40 billion marketing e-mails per year.