Senator Blumenthal Warns Connecticut Residents to Beware of Phishing Scams in Wake of Epsilon Security Breach

(Washington, DC) – Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued a statement in response to reports from Epsilon that some customers have been victims of ‘phishing’ attacks since the company experienced a security breach last week. Earlier this week, Blumenthal called on the Department of Justice to investigate the breach in security at Epsilon.

Phishing attacks occur when e-mails are sent to customers by con-artists posing as an organization or business in order to acquire personal information.

“I urge all Connecticut residents to be hyper-vigilant over the coming weeks when responding to any e-mails requesting you to click on an attachment or link. The simple clicking of a hyperlink or replying to an e-mail can infect a computer with a virus that will allow con-artists to steal personal identification and financial information. I will continue to pursue every option to urge federal investigators to determine the scope of this breach and to provide consumers with the tools they need to secure their personal information.”

The Connecticut Better Business Bureau issued warnings to consumers about an “extremely high risk for phishing attacks,” and offered a number of tips for consumers to try that can prevent most cyber-attacks. Those recommendations can be found here.