Amazon Data Breach May Have Affected Indian Customers As Well

The world's largest e-commerce company said the issue did not occur from a breach on its website or any of its systems.


Amazon’s recent data breach may have affected its Indian customer base as well besides thousands globally, reports say.

The world’s largest e-commerce company said that the issue did not occur from a breach of its website or any of its systems, but it was a technical error that caused the data of thousands of customers being leaked on its website.

“Our website inadvertently disclosed your email address or name and email address due to a technical error. The issue has been fixed. 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,” Amazon said about the breach. “Amazon takes all security-related matters very seriously and your account security is our top priority. We have policies and security measures in place to ensure that your personal information remains secure.”

Economic Times quoted Rajesh Maurya, regional vice president, India and SAARC, Fortinet as saying, “Customers are advised to filter spam and install anti-virus software and to treat unsolicited emails with suspicion.”

In October, a Bloomberg report claimed that several U.S. companies including Amazon and Apple were attacked by Chinese spies. The report claimed that Amazon has reported finding a microchip which was not a part of the original design to the U.S. authorities. Although, Apple and Amazon denied that the incident happened.

Earlier this month, another report showed Indian companies compared to others, take the cyber-security more seriously. More than 80 percent of Indian firms are insured with cyber-security, second globally after the UK, according to a survey.

According to a survey by FICO, 82 percent of Indian firms are insured with cyber-security. It said eight out of ten Indian firms have got cybersecurity insurance but only half of them have full coverage and only 48 percent of Indian firms said their cybersecurity insurance covers all risks.

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