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04/04/2011

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If someone learned my e-mail address, it's no big deal. Whoever spams me already knows my e-mail addresses. If they now know what bank is associated with that e-mail, they have the opportunity to target me by specifically leveraging that relationship.

I see that as relatively minor. What I see as a big deal is that my bank shared my e-mail with a 3rd party without me knowing consenting.

If someone learned your email addresses AND you are already vigilant about protecting yourself from phishing attacks it is no big deal. A lot of small business people I work with are just learning the skills of phishing protection.

This has the potential to be insidious because in some cases an email associated with a formal name and coming from a trusted business might sneak by even the most paranoid.

Regardless of the chances of an actual exploit from the information taken, it makes a good trigger to do some password maintenance.

You are the first that I've encountered discussing permission and consent. I think you are right. We'll have to see how that bubbles into the story. I wonder how many of us did provide consent that was buried in unreadable online user agreements?

Thanks for the comment.

Great review. The attack has happened and now people need to react. Changing and updating passwords is a must. Most people use the same password for multiple accounts (including those with $$$ amounts tied to them).

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