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Amazon data glitch could hinder plans for point of sale

American Banker

There's never a good time to expose customer data, but the incident Amazon disclosed Wednesday could upend two major events: Black Friday/Cyber Monday and a reported effort to get merchants to accept Amazon at the point of sale.

Amazon notified affected customers by email, saying a technical error exposed their names and email addresses, BetaNews first reported. Several affected customers went to Twitter to share the letters they received from Amazon. And even though no passwords were exposed, it's possible that the names and emails could be used as the basis for phishing attacks to obtain other credentials, CNBC warned.

The incident came to light while Amazon is reportedly pitching its Amazon Pay digital walletto brick-and-mortar stores. Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Amazon is first approaching gas stations, restaurants and other merchants that aren't direct competitors.


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