Amazon hit by data breach days before Black Friday

Amazon has been hit by a major data breach, revealing the names and email address of several of its users, just days before Black Friday commences, according to the Telegraph.

As stated in the report, Amazon had informed affected customers via a disclosure, citing the breach occurred due to a “technical error.”

In their written note to affected customers, Amazon said: “We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.

Some have claimed that the email could be some sort of scam due to the inclusion of HTTP, rather than HTTPS.

However, the company’s UK press office confirmed that the email is legitimate.

The statement read: “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.”

When approached about the email, they refused to give any further details about how many customers were affected by the breach.

The company also haven’t confirmed whether they’ve contacted other relevant local authority departments regarding the breach.

Commenting on the breach, Ilia Kolochenko, CEO and founder of web security company High-Tech Bridge, by saying: “I wouldn’t hurry with premature conclusions until all technical details of the incident become clear. Based on the information currently available, it is technically incorrect to call this incident a “data breach”. This rather looks like an inadvertent programming error that made some details of Amazon’s profiles publicly available to random people.

Unfortunately, even such companies as Amazon are not immune from such omissions. Our IT systems become more convoluted and intricate every day, inevitably causing more human errors. Amazon’s reaction seems to be quite prompt, however, an official statement would certainly be helpful to prevent any speculation and unnecessary exaggeration of the incident and its scope.”

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