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Are You Prepared For An Internet Security Breach?

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STUDIO CITY (KCAL) — Do you know what to do if your online passwords and sensitive information are breached?

If not, Marian Merritt, Norton’s Internet Safety Advocate, has the answers and shared them while visiting the KCAL9 studios Tuesday.

A dozen companies — including Chase, Citigroup, Walgreens, and Kroeger — said that hackers may have learned their email addresses because of a security breach at a Dallas-based company called Epsilon that manages email communications.

An alert is going out about a massive data breach involving e-mails and addresses of customers of and other big companies after the system run by online marketing firm Epsilon was compromised over the weekend.
Customers of the affected firms may see their inbox flooded with fraudulent emails that try to coax account login information from them.

Companies whose customers’ E-mail addresses were subject to a security breach at Epsilon, a unit of Alliance Data Systems Corp.:

Amazon.con Inc.’s AbeBooks subsidiary

Ameriprise Financial Inc., asset management and financial planning company.

Barclays Bank. Company says breach affects U.S. customers of Barclaycard.

Best Buy Co.

Capital One Financial Corp.

Citigroup Inc. Company says information limited to customers of Citi’s North American credit card businesses.

The College Board, not-for-profit organization that runs the SATs.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., home furnishings retailer.

Hilton Worldwide, hotel chain whose brands include Hilton, DoubleTree, Hampton Inn and Waldolf Astoria.

HSN Inc., a retailer with roots in the Home Shopping Network.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kroger Co., grocery chain.

Marriott International Inc., hotel chain whose brands include Marriott, Renaissance, Fairfield Inn and Ritz-Carlton.

McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm. Company says breach affected only subscribers of McKinsey Quarterly magazine.

New York & Co., apparel chain.

TiVo Inc., digital video recorder service.

U.S. Bancorp, financial company whose brands include U.S. Bank.

Walgreen Co., drug store chain.

Walt Disney Co.’s travel subsidiary, Disney Destinations.

For more internet security tips and information, visit Norton’s Family Resources website.

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