Just a few days before Black Friday, Amazon users were hit by some disturbing news via email. Amazon informed users that their names and email addresses were “inadvertently disclosed” in a data breach caused by a technical error.
Amazon stays silent on the number of affected users and the only way to know if your account is one of them is by receiving the aforementioned email.
In a statement the e-commerce giant said “We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted.” They also said that no passwords were reviled and it would also seem that the error affected only consumers rather than business accounts on the platform.
It would be foolish to assume that since no passwords were disclosed that the breach is insignificant, since cyber criminals have been known to do a lot with just names and email addresses. This comes at a critical time for the company ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
The UK ICO said “It is always the company’s responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers…”. “The ICO will however continue to monitor the situation and cooperate with other supervisory authorities where required.”