Amazon exposes names, emails in 'technical error'

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data breach days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

US e-commerce giant has sent an email to some customers letting them know that a "technical error" accidentally led to the public disclosure of names and email addresses.

An Amazon spokesperson did tell us that they "fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted", but didn't respond to additional questions ZDNet sent over.

It's unclear at this time how many Amazon users were affected by the issue, which exposed only emails and names to third parties.

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

Amazon customers in the U.S. and Europe have reported receiving messages from the company, according to tech news website TechCrunch. The error apparently made customer details visible publicly on the company's website. The online retail giant its website and systems weren't hacked. But the company confirmed to Beta News that the issue is real and that it has been fixed. Amazon did not say how many accounts were affected or when the incident took place.

Amazon thinks it's already said more than enough, thank you very much.

Amazon notified some customers their data had been exposed but refused to provide any information about the breach, leaving users anxious and bewildered in the run-up to the biggest shopping day of the year.

Amazon is warning some customers that their email addresses may have been disclosed "due to a technical error" ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.



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