Customer details from leading UK retailer Marks and Spencer, were among those stolen in the recent Epsilon data breach, the company has admitted.
A few days ago, Epsilon, a US based email marketing firm, had warned clients that hackers had breached its email system and stolen details of millions of customers of financial institutions and retail companies.
The company revealed that hackers had stolen the names and the email address of customers belonging to its clients, but said no financial information or other personal customer details had been compromised.
Marks and Spencer, the first British retailer to admit the data breach, told its customers in an emailed advisory that their data had been compromised and told them to expect spam emails. The company, however, added that it took customer privacy 'very seriously' and would continue to protect their data.
According to a report on The Guardian, the Marks and Spencer data breach could be investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office.
“We would like to reassure you that the only information that may have been accessed is your name and email address. No other personal information, such as your account details, has been accessed or is at risk,” the company said in a statement to its customers.