Amazon hit with data breach exposing private customer details

AmazonIn what seems to be a common theme this year, Amazon is the latest big name to suffer a data breach, exposing the names and email addresses of some customers just ahead of Black Friday.

The eCommerce giant sent emails out to those affected, putting the breach down to a “technical error”.

In a short statement, Amazon simply said: “We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted.”

Despite acknowledging the breach and informing customers, Amazon told people that they didn’t need to change their passwords.

“We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your email address due to a technical error,” reads the email sent out by Amazon to affected customers. “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 of take any other action.”

Amazon has not provided any insight into the extent of the breach, but it is believed that users around the world were affected. However, according to Amazon, its website and systems were not breached.