Some customer e-mails and/or names might be at risk. Experts advise clients change passwords.
E-commerce giant, Amazon.com, leaked the names and e-mails of some of its customers because of a technical hick-up. The company describes it as a “technical issue” which lead to the exposure of e-mails and/or names of some of its clients, mainly UK customers. Amazon has already reached out to those presumably affected with the following:
“Our website inadvertently disclosed your email address or name and 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. The impacted customers have been contacted.”
“Amazon takes all security-related matters very seriously and your account security is our top priority. We have policies and security measures in place to ensure that your personal information remains secure.”
UK data regulator the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is following the recent developments as part of the fresh 1-year old General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) bill.
Experts agree that users should consider changing passwords. Although the data exposure was an unpremeditated incident, hackers can still try to take advantage of the leak.