Amazon Review Forum Breach - May 2021

Amazon Review Forum Breach

Amazon is the world's largest e-commerce platform, with over 310 million users worldwide. It was a start-up in Jeff Bezos' garage in 1994, and Bezos was the CEO until 2021, when he passed the mantel to Andy Jassy.

What Was the Breach?

How often have we all gotten a product based on its five-star reviews, only to find out it fell apart almost immediately or never worked in the first place? This happens because some people make a living buying and reviewing products with five stars – regardless of the quality of the product. One of these sites was hacked, and over 13 million files were exposed and sold.

How Did the Breach Occur?

The site information was stolen by an unidentified hacker who sold the data for their gain. The data included the emails, Paypal account info, and usernames of these individuals. We aren’t sure how many of these workers used their real names on their accounts, but the ones who did are now more at risk than any other victims.

When Did This Breach Occur?

This breach occurred in May 2021.

Who Does the Breach Impact?

At the time of writing, the breach only impacts the reviewers on the site. The hacked server was located in China, meaning Chinese vendors and reviewers were likely more affected.

How Many Files Does the Breach Affect?

The breach affected 13,124,962 files and records. The number of affected people seems to lie between 200 thousand and 250 thousand.


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