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Amazon Suffers Password Security Flaw

by Tom Moccia | January 31, 2011January 31, 2011 5:25 pm PST

Amazon has had a major security flaw discovered in its password system, but luckily there’s an easy fix.

It seems as if security flaws are coming at us all to often this year and no company, regardless of their stellar reputation and performance is immune. The latest victim is none other than Amazon. The online retailer that sells everything but the kitchen sink – upon further review you can buy those also – has had a major security breach. Considering they have my address, telephone number and multiple credit card numbers this is worrisome.

The issue is that hackers could get into your Amazon account if they input a password that is similar to yours. To be more specific, the Amazon password system is only concerned with the first eight digits in your password, after that it’s open season. Your password could be “ILikeBreadAndButter” but if a bad guy happened to guess the first eight digits, which would be “ILikeBre” the rest really wouldn’t matter. They could put in “ILikeBreakfast” or “ILikeBre12345” and they are in, on a shopping spree on your account.

There is some good news, as this seems to be isolated to older accounts. We don’t know when the new password system went into affect, therefore it’s unknown if passwords created last month or last year are vulnerable. The solution is pretty simple, head on over to your Amazon account and change your password. Once that is completed, even if your account was created on the old password system, it will no longer be an issue.

This is just another reason to keep up to date on security issues and make you password difficult to guess, no matter what type of portal you will be accessing.

What steps do you take to make your passwords hard to guess? Do you change them often or use some randomly generated passwords that mean nothing to you or anyone else? I want to know in the comments below.

Tom Moccia

Tom Moccia is a native of Stamford, Connecticut and moved his family west in 2000 and now calls Stockton, California home with his wife and two...