Amazon discloses names and addresses -- but doesn't disclose details

Todd Singleton
November 22, 2018

Ilia Kolochenko, CEO and founder of Swedish web security company High-Tech Bridge, agreed with Amazon's assessment that the incident does not represent a data breach.

We're contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.

Amazon has admitted it has been hit by a data breach affecting shoppers just hours before Black Friday.

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The email itself is a bit dodgy - it includes an Amazon link at the bottom without the "https" prefix.

UPDATE: In response to our request for a statement Amazon's PR department said, "We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted". The error apparently made customer details visible publicly on the company's website. How many email addresses were exposed or in what way the Amazon website was a part of this supposed error are blanks which are unlikely to be filled in. It also told customers that changing passwords wasn't necessary. But the company confirmed to Beta News that the issue is real and that it has been fixed. The emails it has been sending to the affected customers simply say that the exposure happened due to a technical problem and that the customers aren't to blame.

"This email is more alarming than it is helpful", wrote one customer on Twitter. Last year, Amazon recorded a profit of almost $2 billion during its fiscal quarter covering the holiday season.

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