Amazon Suffers Data Breach Days Before Black Friday

Amazon Suffers Data Breach Days Before Black Friday

$1tn biz doesn't answer very basic questions - like how or why it happened Amazon has suffered a data breach just day

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Amazon has suffered a data breach just days before Black Friday – and the company was tight-lipped about whether it had notified the British data protection authorities.

Multiple Register readers forwarded us emails sent from Amazon’s UK tentacle informing them that the online sales site had “inadvertently disclosed [their] name and email address due to a technical error”.

The email from Amazon, which included an HTTP link to its website at the end, read:

Hello,

We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error. The issue has been fixed. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to change your password or take any other action.

Sincerely, Customer Service

Amazon breach email, as seen by a reader

Amazon’s UK press office acknowledged that the email was genuine, saying only: “We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted.”

The company did not answer our questions as to how many customers had been affected, whether it had informed the Information Commissioner’s Office, what the cause of the breach was or how or when it had been spotted.

The ICO acknowledged our phone call seeking comment but has yet to get back to us.

Meanwhile, out in the badlands of Twitter, people from across the world were wondering whether they’d been spammed or whether the email was genuine:

Alden gives his location in his Twitter profile as Phoenix, Arizona, which is in the US. Others tweeting about it include folk in the Netherlands and what appears to be South Korea. ®

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