Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Amazon suffers data breach but remains tight-lipped on details
the Inquirer ^ | 21 November 2018 | Carly Page

Posted on 11/21/2018 5:42:53 AM PST by Leaning Right

Amazon has suffered a data breach, just days before its Black Friday extravaganza kicks off.

In an email sent to customers, including security guru Graham Cluley (below), Amazon fessed up to the data breach, warning that the company "inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error."

"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," the email concludes.

(Excerpt) Read more at theinquirer.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amazon; databreach
Amazon is telling its customers that there has been a data breach, but it is not sharing any details. What caused the breach? How many customers were affected?

The email * seems * to be legit, as it is being discussed on Amazon forums.

https://sellercentral.amazon.com/forums/t/nice-we-re-contacting-you-to-let-you-know-that-our-website-inadvertently-disclosed-your-email-address-due-to-a-technical-error/429577

1 posted on 11/21/2018 5:42:53 AM PST by Leaning Right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

I’ve thought something has been up for several days, my Visa account is inaccessible via any electronic means, either over the phone or via the credit union website. Voice only, live customer service agent, as far as transfers or payments. No other access to Visa accounts. That’s never happened before.


2 posted on 11/21/2018 5:45:16 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right
"This is not a result of anything you have done"


3 posted on 11/21/2018 5:46:10 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

Inaccessible at Amazon, or at your bank?


4 posted on 11/21/2018 5:47:40 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy

That’s more evidence of how great ‘Seinfeld’ was. Almost every real-world event can be humorously connected to one of their episodes.


5 posted on 11/21/2018 5:52:27 AM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: carriage_hill

Inaccessible period other than live voice transactions, as far as transfers or payments. The card is still valid and usable, but it’s locked down otherwise. Not just me either, there’s a big notice on their site and a voice notification over the phone. Until further notice.


6 posted on 11/21/2018 5:53:58 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

I’ve been doing quite a bit of business with Amazon of late, but have yet to receive any notification from them of my data being breached. Thanks for the heads-up. I will monitor my credit card activity for any irregularities.


7 posted on 11/21/2018 5:54:37 AM PST by be-baw (still seeking...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

“He who has the gold makes the rules.”

Daily we see the power of the technology oligopolies run by progressives. They and their fellow justice warriors demand to make the rules for others. Meanwhile they wield economic and political power through secrecy, obfuscation, distortion, and lies.

Like tyrants throughout history they view themselves as intellectually and morally superior. The rules they impose on others do not apply to them.

One of Ronald Reagan’s great mistakes was to significantly reduce anti-trust action by the federal government. Since then many industries have consolidated into powerful oligopolies, allied with big government. As a result we have less competition, less innovation, and increasing concentration of wealth. Worse these mega corporations use their economic wealth to control politicians and government.

Bring back competition. Break up the modern day trusts.


8 posted on 11/21/2018 5:57:26 AM PST by Soul of the South (The past is gone and cannot be changed. Tomorrow can be a better day if we work on)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Soul of the South

You make a good point. One reason Amazon can be so nonchalant about this data breach is that they are a near-monopoly. They are - essentially - the only game in town.


9 posted on 11/21/2018 6:04:16 AM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

I checked Amazon; no notices. Checked my VISA pymt accounts at Amazon; no problem. Checked my 3 banks; also no problem. Wonder what’s up?


10 posted on 11/21/2018 6:09:08 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

Also, no emails from Amazon Prime... yet.


11 posted on 11/21/2018 6:10:22 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: carriage_hill

> I checked Amazon; no notices. <

I couldn’t find anything either. But before posting this story I checked a few other websites. They mentioned that they had contacted Amazon, and verified the story.

It’s all very odd. Maybe Amazon is trying to keep things hush-hush, hoping nobody will get upset. Or maybe it’s fake news, put out by who knows. Anyway, it’s worth a heads-up.


12 posted on 11/21/2018 6:26:10 AM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

I received this email this morning. No issue accessing or using my bank credit cards online or in practice. No idea how compromised I am because of this. My email account is always very locked down as hacking an email account is key to breaking into financial accounts.


13 posted on 11/21/2018 6:35:17 AM PST by rigelkentaurus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

I’m holding-off on any new orders, for a while, until I find out what this is all about.


14 posted on 11/21/2018 7:19:39 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

I can’t find a notice on their site, nor have I received a call. Sounds like fake news. It’s all Black Friday deal, over on their site, I see.


15 posted on 11/21/2018 7:22:41 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

Not really. They are the most important player in town, but far from the only.

Much of the stuff sold through Amazon is also sold directly through the manufacturer’s own website.

It IS a lttle more work, but my wife and I are creating the habit of finding items on Amazon, and then looking for a direct maufacturer website, or, failing that, seeing if it’s available from Walmart or other merchant.

Amazon purchases aren’t eliminated, but are significantly reduced.


16 posted on 11/21/2018 7:31:23 AM PST by sitetest (No longer mostly dead.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: sitetest

I’ve been doing that also at times...need to up my game tho.


17 posted on 11/21/2018 8:04:54 AM PST by goodnesswins (White Privilege EQUALS Self Control & working 50-80 hrs/wk for 40 years!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

I was wondering when Amazon would get hit.


18 posted on 11/21/2018 9:15:26 AM PST by Cold Heart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cold Heart

I don’t think they “got hit”; I think they inadvertently exposed some customer data.


19 posted on 11/21/2018 9:43:44 AM PST by afterhoursarmory
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson