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Data Theft Notifications - How Soon is Too Soon?

heldlikesound This has happened to me before... (137 comments)

I create addresses specifically to receive mail from retailers I order from. For example:

I NEVER type these addresses anywhere, and they are not something a wide net spam sender would guess...

Over the last few years i have had about 4 situations where those very account specific addresses began receiving a LOT of spam.

The sites included Dell, and PCMall. The PCMall ones very primarily sexual in nature...

I have thought of every possible way they could have gotten that address, and a security breach seems like the only feasible way. I have never typed those addresses anywhere else (no forums, no re-use on other sites, etc...), have never had a virus or spyware on my machine (OSX, thank you very much), so there is really one source for those addresses, the companies internal database.

anyone else experience this before?

about 8 years ago


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