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Amazon has suffered a data breach ahead of the Black Friday shopping bonanza, but the company is not revealing any details about the how and why of the breach.

Instead, the retail giant has sent out emails to customers informing them that their names and email addresses have been "inadvertently disclosed" due to a technical error.

After adding that the "issue has been been fixed", Amazon hastens to add that there is no need for the customer in question to change his/her password or take any other action.

British security researcher Graham Cluley posted the email on his Twitter feed, adding: "Some Amazon customers are reporting getting an email like this which is rather uhh... short on information about names and email addresses being exposed."

He said there had been no information on the Amazon Help Twitter account.

Contacted for comment, an Amazon spokesperson said: “We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted.”

The company said that there was no breach of its website or any other systems.

Customers were emailed out of caution to let them know their name and email address was disclosed, it added.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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