Amazon has dismissed an employee (or employees) who leaked some of the customers’ details to an unauthorized third-party. The company has sent out emails to affected customers, explaining that some internal employees had breached the data, including their email addresses. They were later reported to the law enforcement agencies.
Amazon Employees Leak Data
It has become so common that the company’s internal employees leak some sensitive data of their customers and be fired by the management upon realization. This has become with Shopify earlier and was missed in the case of Tesla, where a Russian hacker approached an employee to implant malware into their network. And now, it happened in Amazon.
As per reports from BleepingComputer, an employee was fired by Amazon for sharing the customer data with an unauthorized third-party company. Amazon informed its affected customers via email, where it didn’t explain in detail what type of data was being breached. Well, it at least mentioned that customers e-mail was shared.
The complete email read as “We are writing to let you know that an Amazon employee disclosed your e-mail address to a third-party in violation of our policies. As a result, we have fired the employee, referred them to law enforcement, and are supporting law enforcement’s criminal prosecution.”
No other information related to your account was shared. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to take any action. We apologize for this incident.”
This confused the customers who received it, as some of them started sharing their opinions and questions on Twitter, asking Amazon and others for more details. While Amazon accused a single employee in one note, a report by Motherboard reveals multiple insiders have been involved in this and affects users globally.