Entries in E-Mail (3)


Hackers Expose Millions of Email Addresses

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- If you're a customer of Walmart, Best Buy, Citigroup or one of several other major U.S. companies, you might want to put your email inbox on high alert.

Over the weekend, those retailers were the latest on a growing list of big-name businesses to warn customers that computer hackers may have accessed their email addresses and names. All of the companies work with the Dallas-based online marketing firm Epsilon, which said Friday its system had been breached, potentially exposing its corporate clients' customer information.

When reached by ABC News, a spokeswoman said she was unable to comment as the company conducts an investigation and cooperates with authorities. But in its statement, Epsilon, which sends 40 billion emails annually on behalf of more than 2,500 clients, said a subset of its' clients customer information was compromised in the data breach.

"The information that was obtained was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only," the company said. "A rigorous assessment determined that no other personal identifiable information associated with those names was at risk."

J.P. Morgan, Kroger's, Walgreens, Capital One Financial, Barclay's Bank, The College Board and TiVo are among the companies to acknowledge that their customers' data may have been accessed by hackers.

While security experts say hackers are usually interested in more sensitive data than people's names and email addresses, they still warn that affected customers should be extra careful with their email. Customers with compromised email accounts could expect a surge in annoying spam to their inbox, he said, but the hack could have more insidious effects, too.

"The biggest danger here really is that spammers could then target you with email pretending to come from these organizations," Cluley said. "You might get fooled into being phished for your log-in information or being sent malware or a dangerous Web link."

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Facebook Updates Messaging Service, Not 'E-Mail Killer'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Facebook users, a new e-mail address is heading your way. As expected, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new messaging system at a San Francisco event Monday, but be careful before calling it "e-mail."

"We don't think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail," Zuckerberg said.

As part of the new service, which will initially be invitation-only, Facebook users will receive an e-mail address. But Zuckerberg emphasized that the new application is much more than e-mail.

"This is not an e-mail killer, this is a messaging system that includes e-mail as one part of it," Zuckerberg said.

Users will be able to receive e-mail messages through their Facebook accounts if they want to and will be able to limit messages to only their friends or friends of friends.

Considering that Facebook has 500 million members worldwide, an e-mail program would instantaneously become a major force on the Web. Hotmail leads the Web in e-mail services with about 346 million users, Yahoo e-mail is a close second with 303 million users and Gmail has about 186 million worldwide users, according to ComScore data from July.

Facebook's announcement means further competition in an already crowded arena. AOL launched a new Web-based e-mail service, called Project Phoenix, Sunday. The new program is available only to a limited number of users now, but will open up next year to those who sign up to use a beta site.

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Facebook E-Mail Announcement Coming Monday?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- It looks like Facebook's messaging system is about to get a long-awaited overhaul -- possibly the rumored Project Titan of earlier this year.

Mashable has received invitations for a press event Monday.

Unlike previous Facebook events, this one takes place in San Francisco. The company chose not to have the event at its headquarters in Palo Alto due to the Web 2.0 Summit, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be speaking. The announcement will take place just a few blocks from Web 2.0 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The invitations we received prominently display the inbox icon used in the company's iPhone and Android apps. That's why it is believed that this event will almost certainly be about a revamping of Facebook's messaging and inbox system.

Some think the current Facebook messaging system is broken.  There are reports that is can be difficult to manage; users are unable to send messages outside of Facebook; and the system can't handle simple things like attachments and forwarding.

If Facebook really wants to take on Google, it may need a far more robust messaging system akin to web-based e-mail. If the rumors are true, that might just happen Monday.

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