New Zealand customers of Dell were not affected by the recent high-profile data breach of US marketing firm Epsilon. A spokesperson for Dell says the vendor was advised by Epsilon that the incident was confined to a subset of Dell’s Australian customer database. Dell told its Australian customers that their details could be in the hands of hackers and warned against opening emails from unknown senders. The company notified the Australian Privacy Commissioner and the regulatory watchdog. It was one of scores of companies that were forced to notify clients of the breach, which exposed names and email addresses.
The breach of Epsilon, the world's largest email service provider, has put the customers of at least 50 major companies at risk from targeted phishing attacks, which use fake yet personalised emails to trick people into disclosing personal information, including passwords and financial details, according to Information Week.
Epsilon sends an estimated 40 billion emails per year. Dell was advised by Epsilon that the incident was confined to a subset of Dell’s Australian customer database.