Author: Song Xing
[TechWeb] October 8, according to foreign media reports, Amazon recently informed some customers that their e-mail addresses in violation of company policies were shared with third-party sellers.
Amazon said it had found and fired employees who shared information and banned sellers who had access to the information from continuing to sell goods on its platform. Other sources of information were not leaked, people familiar with the matter said.
Amazon did not disclose how large the leak was.
A spokesman for Amazon said in a statement that the party had been dismissed and that Amazon was assisting law enforcement agencies in the prosecution process.
In the middle of last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was investigating confidential data about employees taking bribes that could give third-party sellers a competitive edge in its online market. Amazon confirmed this statement.
The Wall Street Journal said this was particularly serious in Amazon China, which launched an investigation in May after discovering such incidents. According to the report, middlemen who tied up Amazon employees in Shenzhen provided data and services at prices ranging from $80 to $2000 via Wechat. A spokeswoman for Amazon said at the time: "we are conducting a comprehensive survey of these claims."
On Friday's close, Amazon's shares fell 1.04% to 1889.65 dollars, with a total market capitalization of about 921 billion 660 million dollars.
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