If it feels like just weeks ago that Amazon inadvertently shared the email addresses of some of its customers – it was.
Previously, an unknown number of customers received emails informing them that this information “was disclosed by an Amazon employee to a third-party seller” who was subsequently fired. For this morning’s deja vu though, the company described the issue as occurring on the Amazon website itself, and the result of a “technical error.”
We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your email address due to a technical error. 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.
Amazon tends to be tight-lipped about, well, everything, and this is clearly no exception – though the wording of the company’s email suggests a problem of a different nature than a lone actor trying to make a few extra bucks by scheming on the side with a nefarious seller. How many email addresses were exposed or in what way the Amazon website was a part of this supposed error are blanks which are unlikely to be filled in.
An Amazon spokesperson told Gizmodo the leaked email addresses did not represent a breach of either the site or its underlying systems, and wrote via email that “We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted.” [CNBC]
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