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Amazon hit with major data breach days before Black Friday

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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 e-commerce giant said it has emailed affected customers but refused to give any more details on how many people were affected or where they are based. 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. In a short statement, Amazon said: "We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted." Customers who received the email were told: "Our website inadvertently disclosed your email address or name and email address due to a technical error. 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. The impacted customers have been contacted."

Nearly 22 million unique passwords leaked in 'Collection #1' data breach


It's time to change your password again. More than 87GB of passwords and email addresses have been leaked and distributed in a folder dubbed "Collection #1" by hackers in a significant data breach. SEE ALSO: 'Fortnite' vulnerability put millions of accounts at risk As detailed by security researcher Troy Hunt, the trove of nearly 22 million unique passwords and more than 772 million email addresses was hosted on cloud storage service MEGA. The link to the dump was posted on a hacking forum, but has been since taken down from the service. New breach: The "Collection #1" credential stuffing list began broadly circulating last week and contains 772,904,991 unique email addresses with plain text passwords (now in Pwned Passwords).

Ticketfly hacker stole more than 26 million email and home addresses


A hacker has leaked personal information for more than 26 million Ticketfly users after last week's data breach. That's according to Troy Hunt, the founder of Have I Been Pwned, which lets you check whether your email address has been included in various data breaches. The hacker posted several Ticketfly database files to a public server, and Hunt found that they contained 26,151,608 email addresses. Many users' names, phone numbers and home and billing addresses were also compromised. Ticketfly confirmed those personal details were included in the breach, but not the number of people affected.

How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails


We're all used to having all our emails available in the cloud all the time, easily searchable and on all of our devices. But there are multiple points of failure to think about--what happens if something in the cloud breaks, or your connection to the internet does? What if your account gets banned or closed for whatever reason, and all of your email goes with it? Those are only a few potential problems. You might accidentally delete a bunch of emails you didn't mean to; someone else could access your account and wipe everything they find; or your email provider might suddenly decide to lock you out.

Protect your inbox from phishing and other email attacks

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Your email of choice, whether Gmail's web portal or a desktop program like Outlook, already comes with a decent set of security tools. For example, it can snag suspicious emails and automatically toss them into your spam folder. To help out your email client, report spam whenever you find it, which will make it easier for the program to spot something untoward next time. Be wary of any email asking you to click a link, especially if it comes out of the blue without any context--and particularly if it comes from someone you don't know. Phishing emails can appear to come from trusted contacts, but they often arrive from bizarre-sounding email addresses.