Amazon hit with data breach

Just days before Black Friday it has been revealed that Amazon has been hit with a major data breach involving the exposure of customers’ names and email addresses.

According to the company, information was disclosed on its website and the internet giant has emailed affected customers.

The online store said that the breach was in fact a technical issue that inadvertently posted information on the website.

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

Customers that received an email from Amazon were told that: “Our website inadvertently disclosed your email address or name and email address due to a technical error. The issue has been fixed.”

It added that: “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.”

The Information Commissioner’s office said that it was following the situation and it is thought that customers had been informed inside the 72-hour window required by GDPR.

It said that Amazon must “assess if a breach should be reported to the ICO, or to the equivalent supervisory body if they are not based in the UK”.

News of the breach has appeared in the press just one day before Amazon’s Black Friday sale, although some sales have already begun on the website.

It is expected that £1.39 billion will be spent in the UK during this time.