Amazon revealed that it had suffered an attack that had an impact on merchants using its e-commerce services. About 100 merchant accounts were siphoned from their funds for six months last year.
The relevant Amazon services have not yet identified the pirates and the number of their several kidnappings.
The event happened last year, but Amazon is still investigating to find out what happened. Between May and October 2018, the e-commerce giant suffered a cyber attack where hackers were able to siphon funds from merchant accounts. A total of 100 were affected. If the group has not found the origin of the attack, it indicates that phishing techniques have probably compromised the accounts.
Thanks to the information collected, the hackers would have been able to change the banking details from the Seller Central platform to their account located in the Barclays Plc and Prepay Technologies bank-owned in part by MasterCard.
Amazon’s lawyers asked a London judge to approve the searches of the British bank’s account statements, which “are innocently involved in wrongdoing,” they said.
Affected Amazon units include Amazon Capital Services U.K., which provides loans to sellers for up to one year. The first fraudulent transfer took place on May 16, 2018, according to the group. Amazon added that it issued more than $1 billion in loans to merchants in that year. We don’t know precisely how many pirates have stolen.