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Report: Hackers hit 100 Amazon seller accounts

BY Dan Berthiaume

The Amazon Seller Central platform was victimized by cybercriminals in 2018, according to Bloomberg.

Between May and October 2018, unidentified hackers gained unauthorized access to about 100 seller accounts on the Amazon Seller Central platform, Bloomberg reports. Amazon Seller Central is a platform supporting global third-party merchandise sales using Amazon’s infrastructure.

The hackers reportedly illegally transferred funds from sales and/or loans in the accounts to their own U.K.-based accounts at Barclays plc and Prepay Technologies Ltd. The information comes a redacted filing Amazon made in a London court in November 2018, which is now being made public.

Amazon is requesting permission from a London judge to search account statements at Barclays and Prepay Technologies, who it does not accuse of knowing about the fraud. An Amazon spokesperson did not specifically comment on the case, but said criminals sometimes use phishing emails to fraudulently obtain login credentials from sellers.

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