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Amazon resets customer passwords concern of possible leak of data

Published 25 November 2015

Online retailer Amazon has notified customers that their account passwords had been reset over concerns of a possible leak of data.

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The incident comes just days ahead of the Black Friday holiday shopping season.

Several customers received mails from Amazon, stating them that their passwords had been reset.

Customers were given a temporary password which they had to change by logging in to the Amazon account.

According to a USA Today report, the company apparently told customers that it had "recently discovered that your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party."

The retailer said that the move was taken as a precautionary measure.

Earlier this month, Amazon has now launched next-day grocery delivery service with Amazon Pantry to strengthen its foothold in the supermarket arena.

With the new service, Amazon Pantry customers will be able to lay their hands on more than 4,000 products ranging from food, health, beauty and drinks. Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from the offerings.

Through this new next-day grocery service, Amazon will allocate boxes to customers that can hold up to 20kgs of products. The traditional method involves using a one-off charge for deliveries, reports Yahoo News UK.

Earlier this month, Amazon is ending two of its services - Local Register service and Amazon Local app under cost-saving measures.

The online retailer is shutting down its credit card processing division starting 1 February 2016. The company will not take any new customers. The company is also discontinuing its daily deals coupon unit Local, which launched more than four years ago. Starting 18 December, the ecommerce company will no longer offer daily deals.

Image: Amazon resets customer passwords before third party exposure. Photo: Courtesy of franky242/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.