It has come to light that Amazon has fired employees responsible for a customer data leak.
Amazon sent out an email announcement to affected customers following the incident, which read: “We are writing to let you know that your email address was disclosed by an Amazon employee to a third-party in violation of our policies. As a result, we have fired the employee, referred them to law enforcement and are supporting law enforcement’s criminal prosecution.”
“No other information related to your account was shared. This is not a result of anything you have done and there is no need for you to take any action. We apologise for this incident.”
Anurag Kahol, CTO at Bitglass, said: “A recent Bitglass study found that 73% of organisations believed insider attacks had become more frequent over the past year. Cloud adoption and bring your own device (BYOD) policies have improved businesses’ agility but have also made sensitive data more accessible, presenting a significant IT security challenge.
“Unfortunately, in cloud-based IT environments, organisations often struggle to detect anomalous or careless employee behaviours. As such, many must revise their approaches to data protection. By understanding modern threats and deploying appropriate security solutions, many of these risks can be mitigated and even eliminated.”