It looks like there is another massive corporation making headlines this morning due to a security breach. While Facebook, as of late, has been stealing the show with its vulnerabilities, Amazon, earlier this morning, has been sending out notoriously brief emails regarding a technical error that exposed the names and emails of its customers. The image below is the email that many users are getting sent to their inboxes early today.
For such a massive and sophisticated company such as Amazon, who possesses extensive sensitive information such as credit card information, to suffer this so-called ‘error,’ it is quite unnerving. Due to Amazon having around 310 million active customers, this type of event can potentially have massive repercussions. So, as many of you are just waking up and getting this alarming news, let me try to calm you down. Amazon has already stated that the error has been fixed and no further action, such as resetting your password, is required at this time. Amazon also informed its users that there was no breach to its website or any of its systems; it was simply an error (that’s better, right?)
Anytime information, even a simple name and email, is obtained from unauthorized personnel, there are several risks, such as an increased threat of phishing attacks and provides the means for hackers to attempt to reset user’s Amazon account passwords. Amazon has yet to reveal how many accounts have been affected. However, I for one find the situation interesting due to the recent story involving an Amazon employee getting fired due to sharing customer’s email addresses with an unnamed third-party seller.
As we are unaware at this time of what actually happened, more details will surely follow in the coming hours. If there is one thing to learn from this ‘technical error,’ it would be that even one of the largest companies in the world is not entirely safe from these forms of data breaches. Now, do you still think that your small company, with substantially fewer security measures, does not need an IT department?