Amazon accidentally exposed people's email addresses on its website

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Amazon should have provided more information about the nature of the problem and advised shoppers to be on alert for email "phishing" scams that could result from their contact information being shared, said Andy Norton, a director at cybersecurity firm Lastline Inc.

Amazon reported a customer data leak on Wednesday, just days before Black Friday and the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

"Unfortunately, even such companies as Amazon are not immune from such omissions", Kolochenko said.

E-commerce giant Amazon suffered a technical error that mistakenly exposed some users' personal data, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to FOX Business on Wednesday.

Starting on November 20, the Seattle-based behemoth began notifying an unknown number of customers via email that, well, something had happened to their data.

In an email sent to customers, including security guru Graham Cluley (below), Amazon fessed up to the data breach, warning that the company "inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error". While it appears the issue mainly affected customers in the United States and Europe, it's unknown exactly how many people this impacted. The issue has been fixed.

"Amazon warns customers it leaked their names and email addresses".

Others questioned Amazon after it told users there's "no need for you to change your password or take any other action, " fearing hackers still might try to use their names and e-mail addresses for nefarious purposes. Last year, Amazon recorded a profit of almost $2 billion during its fiscal quarter covering the holiday season.

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