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Over 200,000 people affected by Amazon review scam data leak

Added 05-09-21 04:11:01pm EST - “A database used to operate an Amazon fake reviews scam has leaked in a data breach, with the data trove revealing personal data for at least 200,000 people.” - Appleinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Appleinsider.com: “Over 200,000 people affected by Amazon review scam data leak | AppleInsider”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A database used to operate an Amazon fake reviews scam has leaked in a data breach, with the data trove revealing personal data for at least 200,000 people.

The reviews on Amazon have been plagued by fake reviews for quite some time, with fictional high-scoring testimonials propping up the score of products to make them look good on the online retailer's pages. A data breach allegedly shows some of the workings behind one of the scams, as well as hinting at the scale of the problem.

The scam operates by Amazon vendors sending lists of products to reviewers that they wish to receive a five-star review for. The reviewers then buy the items and provide a five-star "review" for it on Amazon.

The reviewer then sends a message back to the vendor, containing a link to their Amazon profile and PayPal details. The reviewer then receives the refund, and gets to keep the product they "reviewed" as payment, as well as an extra cash reward in some cases.

Security researchers from SafetyDetectives uncovered an open ElasticSearch database linked to one such operation on March 1, 2021. More than 13 million records, the equivalent of 7 gigabytes of data, were hosted in the open, without any form of password protection or encryption.

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