To the extent of the damage, an Amazon spokesman on Wednesday at the request of AFP news agency did not comment. „We fixed the problem and informed the customers that might be affected,“ he said. The passwords were also safe. Customers in the US and Europe reported receiving news from Amazon, according to the TechCrunch technology website.
Amazon went public with the information just before Black Friday. It is followed on Monday by „Cyber Monday“, which continues the hunt for special offers on the Internet. The Thanksgiving weekend is the starting signal for the lucrative Christmas business in the USA.
Amazon is the undisputed number one in electronic commerce in the US with a market share of 48 percent. That should correspond to the analysts of the market research firm eMarketer according to this year 252 billion dollar (221 billion euro).
Industry experts expect all online commerce in the US to increase by 16.6 percent over the previous year in this year’s Christmas season.