Amazon is emailing customers to tell them it leaked their names and email addresses due to a “technical error.”

It then goes on to say, “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.”

None of which is terribly reassuring. Although it doesn’t include the customer’s name it doesn’t look like a phishing attack as there is no link and no call to action.

Amazon says there is no need to change your password but you should change it anyway. If they can’t protect emails and names, why would we trust them with our passwords?

Check It Out: Amazon Leaks Users’ Names and Email Addresses

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  1. LV_Doc

    Why don’t all of these organizations just put all of our personal data on some open source site somewhere and just get it over with already?

  2. skipaq

    I got this email this morning and took it to be a phishing attempt. There is an link at the end with no directions to click for any reason. I did not click it. Has Amazon confirmed that they sent this out?

  3. wab95

    Thanks for the heads up, Andrew.

    Having your name and email address leaked into the ether by Amazon; how bad could that be anyway?

    I did hear about this elsewhere, and checked for an email but received none from Amazon. While I could presume that means my name and email address were not leaked, I don’t, nor would I suggest that any Amazon customer who did not get such a notice do so either.

    Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and as you and John K point out, change your password.

    Oh, and many thanks, Amazon.

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