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Old 11-21-2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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Amazon exposed customer names and emails in a 'technical error'

Has anyone received an email from Amazon telling you that your name and email address was exposed? The email looks suspicious to me. It says no need to change your password and the bottom has a link to Amazon without https and Amazon is capitalized in the link. I didn't get one.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/21/amaz...cal-error.html

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In a statement, Amazon said, "We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted."

Despite the exposure, Amazon told the affected customers they did not need to change their passwords. But even with just their names and emails exposed, people could attempt to reset their accounts or target their emails for phishing attacks.

Amazon did not answer questions about how many customers were affected by the error nor about how long information was exposed. Amazon's website and systems were not breached, an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC. The company did not say where the customer information was visible.


Here's the email: Click image for larger version

Name:	DshyY9jUcAU76BQ.jpg
Views:	193
Size:	110.0 KB
ID:	167877

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Old 11-21-2018, 02:27 PM   #2
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Yep!
They don't say ho or where the expose happened.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:21 PM   #3
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Sounds hinkey. "We exposed your name and email address. There's nothing you should do at this time. Please go to this unsecured URL for more info. Thanks."
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:47 PM   #4
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Sounds hinkey. "We exposed your name and email address. There's nothing you should do at this time. Please go to this unsecured URL for more info. Thanks."
The email I received looked weird, but it actually appears legit. One, there wasn't a link to click for more information. Two, the email was apparently sent from an Amazon.com email account. Unlike most scams, there isn't anything that obviously indicates it's a scam like the email coming from Amazon.org or another email address that clearly isn't owned by Amazon.

The odd thing about the email I received is that it didn't contain any graphics, like Amazon's logo. I know Outlook didn't strip them out, they weren't there in the first place. That's odd for a corporate mass email.
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Has anyone received an email from Amazon telling you that your name and email address was exposed? The email looks suspicious to me. It says no need to change your password and the bottom has a link to Amazon without https and Amazon is capitalized in the link. I didn't get one.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/21/amaz...cal-error.html





Here's the email: Attachment 167877
I got one early this morning (US East coast time.) I was originally really thrown off at this plain looking email. Amazon's logo isn't even in it.
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Old 11-21-2018, 06:19 PM   #6
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Still seems... off in some way. Has the security breach been mentioned on any of the regular news outlets? I can't see them passing up this opportunity.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:14 PM   #7
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Still seems... off in some way. Has the security breach been mentioned on any of the regular news outlets? I can't see them passing up this opportunity.
If you look at the quote from the link to CNBC on the 1st post it says that Amazon did say that they fixed the problem and notified the customers.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:18 PM   #8
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Here's all that Google news brought back. It includes wall Street Journal, CBS, and others.

https://news.google.com/stories/CAAq...S&ceid=US%3Aen
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:24 PM   #9
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If it's real, it's real. *shrug*
I'm just surprised there's not more outrage and calls for Bezos' head from the Amazon's-the-devil society.
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Old 11-21-2018, 11:24 PM   #10
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If it's real, it's real. *shrug*
I'm just surprised there's not more outrage and calls for Bezos' head from the Amazon's-the-devil society.
Eh, school shootings every week and our information being tossed around like candy by everyone with access.

Recently in China, Tencent was given a complete registry of Chinese citizens.. nothing really qualifies as 'shocking' anymore. You can either shrug it off and enjoy the conveniences of modern society, join an activist group knowing that you are fighting a losing battle or... jump? :P

I choose to make the best of it and snag my crumbs where I can.
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Old 11-21-2018, 11:59 PM   #11
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I didn't get the email, at least not yet, but it was a legitimate email according to many news sources. I hate it when companies get tight lipped over these breaches and take days, weeks, and even months to finally let us know how bad the breach was and how many customers got rear-ended.

T-Mobile did that a couple of years ago. It started out being a very limited number of customers who had data breached, but over time that estimate grew steadily and exponentially until the truth was finally admitted and their were millions of us who were effected. They still claim my account wasn't breached, but soon after the breach and continuously until this day I have been getting gillions of unsolicited phone calls all coming with fake caller IDs used by T-Mobile in my area.

The only good thing in this breach is that it involves Amazon, which tends to protect our data. Google and Facebook on the other hand will gladly sell your data to the highest bidder. Too bad we cannot have good old fashioned tar and featherings applied to entire corporations like they used to do to individuals.
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If it's real, it's real. *shrug*
I'm just surprised there's not more outrage and calls for Bezos' head from the Amazon's-the-devil society.
It’s real, I got the email. I’m in the UK.
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Sounds hinkey. "We exposed your name and email address. There's nothing you should do at this time. Please go to this unsecured URL for more info. Thanks."
It’s genuine
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It’s real, I got the email. I’m in the UK.
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It’s genuine
But it looks really bad. Sort of like the IRS or Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs actually started sending legal notices by e-mail and worded them like a Nigerian prince scam.
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