Most of the country will be using Amazon at least once during the holiday season. Traditionally, the holiday shopping season kicks off with Black Friday, which by this point has already come and gone. With so many people making online purchases, cyber security is top of mind for many companies. Unfortunately for Amazon, it is also on the mine of many consumers too.
Recently, many Amazon customers reported that they received an email from Amazon stating that the company “”…inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.”. In other words, Amazon suffered a massive cyber security breach that affected a lot of their customers.
The email ends by assuring customers that “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.”. Very reassuring.
So, just how many customers were affected? Amazon has remain very tight lipped about the entire experience. Likely because a major cyber-security breach during peak online-shopping season could spell disaster for total sales.
Betanews.com reach out to the company for a comment and the spokesperson replied by saying that “”We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted.”. Again, not the most reassuring of comments.
On the bright side, it does not seem as though any financial information was leaked. Affected customers were told that their names and email addresses were the only pieces of information that were exposed. Still, if you got an email it is probably a good decision to change your passwords just in case.
While this news is relatively recent, if it continues to receive massive amounts of media coverage we can expect a more verbose statement from Amazon eventually. If you are an Amazon customer, this is certainly a story worth keeping an eye on.