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Amazon Suffers Data Breach Days Before Black Friday

Amazon has suffered a data breach just days before Black Friday – and the company was tight-lipped about whether it had notified the British data protection authorities.

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

The email from Amazon, which included an HTTP link to its website at the end, read:

Amazon breach


Amazon's UK press office acknowledged that the email was genuine, saying only: "We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted."

The company did not answer our questions as to how many customers had been affected, whether it had informed the Information Commissioner's Office, what the cause of the breach was or how or when it had been spotted.

The ICO acknowledged our phone call seeking comment but has yet to get back to us.

Meanwhile, out in the badlands of Twitter, people from across the world were wondering whether they'd been spammed or whether the email was genuine:

Alden gives his location in his Twitter profile as Phoenix, Arizona, which is in the US. Others tweeting about it include folk in the Netherlands and what appears to be South Korea.

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