Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) Kindle users’ privacy and security have been at stake as the recent unfortunate incident of a hacker revealing over 80,000 Kindle users’ login credentials, and personal information came into limelight. A hacker identified as 0x2Taylor on Twitter released over 80,000 Kindle users’ usernames and passwords after Amazon failed to ignore all his warnings concerning security loopholes in its servers.
The leaked data contains information comprising email address, city, state, phone number, zip code, user-agent, LastLoginIP, Proxy IP, and street, etc. According to several media reports, the hacker is demanding Amazon to pay him a bounty of $700 due to the fact that it was not difficult for him to break the company’s security measures.
According to a series of repeated tweets made by the hacker, Amazon failed to pay attention to all his prior warnings regarding the vulnerabilities to its servers. However, this is not the first time when 0x2Taylor has claimed responsibility for hacking into some company’s private user data and login credentials. Earlier, he was caught responsible for a hack suffered by the Baton Rogue police department post Alton Sterling shooting incident.
“When they first got Kindles and set them up, all their stuff was being logged and put into a database. Personally, I don’t want to leak the data. They’re a big company, and they should have enough money to have the proper security defenses. I was trying to prove them privately, but they were ignoring my warnings. At this point, I don’t really want to help them. I think I’ve done enough damage as it is,” @0x2Taylor said in his tweets.
However, the incident is enough to raise serious questions on the security role of Amazon and some of the measures it follows in in order to strengthen it as it’s all about users who suffer loss and inconvenience at the end of the day.