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Amazon changes security system after reporter gets hacked

August 29, 2012

One of the largest online retailers recently changed its security procedures, after a reporter revealed that its previous system could easily be used to steal personal credit card information.

One of the largest online retailers recently changed its security procedures, after a reporter revealed that its previous system could easily be used to steal personal credit card information.

Wired reporter Matt Honan revealed in an article that Amazon’s system of allowing users to call in and change account information by providing an email account, mailing address and full name was highly susceptible to fraud. The source reports that the company made changes to the procedure, after Honan wrote about how hackers had used the flaw to steal his credit card information.

“In many ways, this was all my fault. My accounts were daisy-chained together. Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter,” Honan wrote.

One of the ways that many merchants seek to protect consumers credit card information is to follow PCI compliance standards. Retailers that fail to do so could end up putting vital information in the hands of criminals.

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