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 password 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 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 … [Read more...] about Amazon leaked users’ names, emails due to ‘technical error’
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Amazon exposed some customers' names and emails due to a "technical error," according to emails the company sent to affected customers. Several people shared screenshots of the emails online Wednesday morning. BetaNews first reported the incident. In a statement, Amazon said, "We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted." Despite the exposure, Amazon told the affected customers they did not need to change their passwords. But even with just their names and emails exposed, people could attempt to reset their accounts or target their emails for phishing attacks. Amazon did not answer questions about how many customers were affected by the error nor about how long information was exposed. Amazon's website and systems were not breached, an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC. The company did not say where the customer information was visible. In a customer forum, people who received the cryptic message from Amazon were surprised that the company did not recommend … [Read more...] about Amazon Exposed Customer Names and Emails in ‘Technical Error’
Ever see an email that seems legitimate but then you click on it and your computer goes crazy? This is known as a phishing scam online. Phishing scams consist of intentionally deceptive messages that are sent from email addresses that may look authentic, but actually have a goal of stealing data from users. Many Muhlenberg students have recently experienced such instances of phishing scams. Two-factor authentication was implemented for faculty over the summer and was activated for students on Oct. 29 in order to try to prevent these issues of phishing. Two-factor authentication asks each user to provide a secondary form of identification in addition to the initial username and password on Canvas, Handshake, Google Suite and more. Two-factor authentication is only required if an individual is trying to log on to their account off campus in order to prevent scams and protect students’ online security and personal information. Chief information officer Allen Chen has led this … [Read more...] about Phishing scams: why are students falling for them?