• On April 1, 2011, e-mail-marketing company Epsilon reported that it detected an “unauthorized entry” into its email system and discovered that email addresses and names belonging to a “subset” of its clients had been exposed to attackers. The company estimated that the attack affected 2 percent of its approximately 2,500 clients. The hacker apparently accessed the names and e-mail addresses used to conduct online marketing campaigns for Verizon Communications, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Walgreen Co., and dozens of other large companies. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D.-Conn., has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate. The Senator asked Mr. Holder to verify the accuracy of Epsilon’s representations about the scope of the attack and to determine whether “individually identifiable financial information has been compromised.”
  • The City Council of Lakeport, California voted recently to implement a moratorium on the use of SmartMeter radio devices which enable utility companies, such as gas and electric companies, to monitor a customer’s usage remotely. The City Council also voted to send a letter to state legislators supporting a bill that would require the California Public Utilities Commission to create an opt-out proposal for such radio devices and to oppose a proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric to require consumers who decline the devices to pay more for traditional monitoring. Council members cited issues of privacy, including questions about how the data is stored and transmitted, and uncertainty about potential health risks associated with the devices.