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Amazon tells some customers their emails have been exposed, but provides few details

Amazon Customers Email Breached in October

Amazon.com informed some customers Wednesday that their names and email addresses had been “inadvertently disclosed” as a result of a “technical error” but declined to provide further details about the security incident.

The e-commerce giant confirmed it sent the messages, adding in a subsequent statement it had “fixed the issue.” It did not say how many of its users had been affected or where and how emails had been exposed. Amazon said only that its website and other systems had not been breached.

Amazon’s limited disclosure, days before the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping frenzies, drew sharp criticism on social media. Among its own sellers, some took to the company’s forums to complain about Amazon’s tight-lipped handling of the matter. “Who knows what they’re not disclosing about this,” one user wrote. “Hopefully nothing …”

Others questioned Amazon after it told users there’s “no need for you to change your password or take any other action,” fearing the potential that hackers still might try to use their names and email addresses for nefarious purposes, including phishing scams.

In October, Amazon said it reportedly fired an employee who inappropriately shared customers’ emails with a third-party seller. The incident, which Amazon said it was working with law enforcement to investigate, similarly resulted in messages to customers indicating their email addresses had been exposed.

Despite Gains by Amazon, Samsung and Google, Vast Majority of Tablet Web Visits Still Coming From iPads

ipad_boxesWhile Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab and Nexus tablet sales continue to rise, most tablet Web surfing is still coming from Apple devices. Roughly 87 percent of tablet Web surfing comes from an iPad, according to the latest numbers from mobile ad company Chitika. That’s down just 1 percent from the ad network’s November survey. A few rivals did show some impressive gains, however. Kindle Fire models accounted for 4.25 percent of all tablet Web traffic, up 20 percent from the prior survey. The Samsung Galaxy family posted a slight gain, to 2.65 percent, while Google Nexus tablets increased from 0.91 percent to 1.06 percent in December. It will be interesting to see if the numbers change at all once all those holiday presents are unwrapped and activated.

Here’s a look at how many ad impressions were delivered by non-Apple tablets per 100 iPad impressions.
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