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Popular Apple accessory vendors removed from Amazon following fake reviews scam

Added 05-10-21 02:31:02pm EST - “Amazon is seemingly taking action against a handful of technology accessory makers after a data breach exposed a fake reviews scam. As first reported by SafetyDetectives, a myriad of Amazon vendors were found to offer free products…” - 9to5mac.com

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Amazon is seemingly taking action against a handful of technology accessory makers after a data breach exposed a fake reviews scam. As first reported by SafetyDetectives, a myriad of Amazon vendors were found to offer free products in exchange for positive fake reviews. Popular Apple accessory makers such as Aukey have also completely disappeared from Amazon.

The report explains that the people who provided the fake reviews would buy the products from Amazon, then leave a 5-star review a few days later. Once they posted their review, the company would pay the customer directly via PayPal, reimbursing them for the price of the product.

The details of this program were exposed in a data breach that revealed more than 13 million records:

More than 13 million records, equating to 7GB of data, were exposed when the unclaimed ElasticSearch server was left open without any password protection or encryption. The personal data of people providing fake reviews, as well as Amazon vendors, could be found in leaked messages on the database.

The key here was for the companies to avoid detection by Amazon’s moderation platform. This is why nearly all communication was handled externally, often via WhatsApp and Signal platforms, and why payments were sent via PayPal.

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