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Amazon hit with major data breach

Amazon has suffered a major data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its website, just two days ahead of Black Friday.

The firm said the issue was not a breach of its website or any of its systems, but a technical issue that inadvertently posted customer names and email addresses to its website.

Source: Amazon hit with major data breach days before Black Friday

Amazon is at the center of a debate over public safety versus privacy

As more devices such as voice assistants, home security cameras, appliances and even doorbells come online, the trove of intimate data that technology companies hold is increasing exponentially. People are voluntarily bringing in devices that record their conversations, track their heart rates, and comings-and-goings — all of which produces more intimate and real-time potential evidence that law enforcement might want to help solve crimes.

Full article: The Cybersecurity 202: Amazon is now at the center of a debate over public safety versus privacy – The Washington Post

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders

Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders.

Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%).

Full article: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders | Fortune

Amazon fires employee for allegedly sharing customer email addresses

An Amazon employee was fired after sharing customers’ email addresses with an unnamed third-party seller, in violation of company policies. Amazon said only email addresses were taken by the employee, not any other customer information. The company has already started emailing affected customers about the incident.

A third-party seller is a merchant that sells on Amazon’s website, though the company declined to provide additional information about this seller. It said the seller has been blocked from Amazon.

Source: Amazon fires employee for allegedly sharing customer email addresses – CNET

China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers

U.S-based server motherboard specialist Supermicro was compromised in China where government-affiliated groups are alleged to have infiltrated its supply chain to attach tiny chips, some merely the size of a pencil tip, to motherboards which ended up in servers deployed in the U.S. The goal was to gain an entry point within company systems to potentially grab IP or confidential information. While the micro-servers themselves were limited in terms of direct capabilities, they represented a “stealth doorway” that could allow China-based operatives to remotely alter how a device functioned to potentially access information.

Source: China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers | TechCrunch

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

Amazon, Apple, Google, and others endorsed federal data privacy laws Wednesday, but experts argue consumer voices were lacking It seems Silicon Valley and Congress can finally agree on something after all – the need for data privacy regulation.

Source: Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales

Google and Mastercard brokered a business partnership that gave Google an unprecedented asset for measuring retail spending, part of the search giant’s strategy to fortify its primary business against onslaughts from Amazon.com and others.

But the deal, which has not been previously reported, could raise broader privacy concerns about how much consumer data technology companies like Google quietly absorb. People don’t expect what they buy physically in a store to be linked to what they are buying online.

Source: Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales – Bloomberg

Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug

Researchers found they could turn the smart speakers into surveillance devices—if they could get their own attack tool on the same Wi-Fi. However, Echo owners shouldn’t panic: the hackers already alerted Amazon to their findings, and the company pushed out security fixes in July.

Source: Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug | WIRED

India wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms

A panel working on the Indian government’s cloud computing policy wants data generated in India to be stored within the country, according to its draft report seen by Reuters, a proposal that could deal a blow to global technology giants such as Amazon and Microsoft who offer such services.

Source: Exclusive: India panel wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms | Reuters

Amazon’s facial-recognition tool misidentified 28 lawmakers as people arrested for a crime

Amazon.com’s facial recognition tools incorrectly identified 28 members of US Congress as people arrested for a crime during a test commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

The CBC said the software was particularly risky because “communities of color are more heavily and aggressively policed than white communities,” meaning mistakes caused by faulty facial-recognition software could prove especially harmful.

Source: Amazon’s facial-recognition tool misidentified 28 lawmakers as people arrested for a crime, study finds – The Washington Post

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