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Fortune reports that for more than six months last year, “unidentified hackers were able to siphon funds from merchant accounts” on Amazon. The extent of the financial losses has not been disclosed.

The attack is described as “serious” and “extensive,” reflecting a hacking of “about 100 seller accounts” that “funneled cash from loans or sales into their own bank accounts, according to a U.K. legal document. The hack took place between May and October 2018, Amazon’s lawyers said in a redacted filing from November that can now be made public.”

The story notes that “the case highlights how the world’s biggest online retail platform — designed to be automated with minimal human input — can be misused and how difficult it is for Amazon to find perpetrators.”
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