Amazon discloses names and addresses -- but doesn't disclose details

Amazon discloses names and addresses -- but doesn't disclose details

We're contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your email address due to a technical error.

Just two days before the biggest shopping day of the year, Amazon has suffered a data breach.

Multiple Register readers forwarded us emails sent from Amazon's United Kingdom tentacle informing them that the online sales site had "inadvertently disclosed [their] name and email address due to a technical error".

Amazon customers in the U.S. and Europe have reported receiving messages from the company, according to tech news website TechCrunch.

Online e-commerce platform Amazon has sent out emails today to some of its customers blaming a "technical error" for a data leak that exposed the email addresses associated with their accounts.


According to a November 21st, 2018 post on the Amazon Seller Forums, the issue has now been resolved and "there is no need for you to change your password or take any other action".

English-based newspaper The Register reports Amazon's United Kingdom press office explained this was "an inadvertent technical error and that they emailed customers from an abundance of caution".

If you're an Amazon customer you may have received a rather unusual email this morning.

However, the firm is remaining tight-lipped on crucial details, such as the cause of the breach and how many customers have been affected.

"The issue has been fixed".

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