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How to tell if the Amazon leak exposed your email and name to the public

Published Nov 21st, 2018 10:43AM EST
Amazon Personal Data Leak
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Amazon on Wednesday morning issued email alerts to some of its customers whose names and emails were leaked on its website in what it described as a “technical error.” There’s no reason to panic for the time being, as the issue apparently did not affect the actual security of anyone’s accounts, and passwords resets aren’t required.

It’s unclear at this time how many Amazon users were affected by the issue, which exposed only emails and names to third parties. Amazon didn’t mention any figures. However, the company did email all the customers whose details were visible publicly, BetaNews explains. Those emails say that the company has “inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.”

Since then, the issue has been fixed, Amazon says, as it has nothing to do with anything you may have done online while using your Amazon account. As a result, there is “no need for you to change your password or take any other action.”

Some people were puzzled by the brevity and appearance of these emails, which may remind you of one of the many phishing schemes out there that look to steal credential for certain web services, Amazon included. But the company confirmed to Beta News that the issue is real, and that it has been fixed.

“We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted,” Amazon said. It’s still unclear whether anyone was able to access that data.

If you haven’t received an email, then your data wasn’t exposed. It’s as simple as that. And you don’t have to change your password even if you got the notification. That said, as always when it comes to passwords, make sure you use a unique password for each online account, and that you change it every once in a while.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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