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The Wall Street Journal reports that employees have been bribed to corporate – such as sales metrics and the personal details of reviewers – to sellers:

In exchange for payments ranging from roughly $80 to more than $2,000, brokers for Amazon employees in Shenzhen are offering internal sales metrics and reviewers’ email addresses, as well as a service to delete negative reviews and restore banned Amazon accounts, the people said.

Amazon is investigating a number of cases involving employees, including some in the U.S., suspected of accepting these , according to people familiar with the matter

According to the WSJ, Amazon has confirmed that it is investigating the claims – and any found behaving inappropriately could face termination and potential legal action.

This story is a good reminder for all of us that not all data leaks occur because a hacker has managed to find a way to your network security.

Often the biggest problem is not the of external hackers, but rather internal staff to whom you have granted access to sensitive data and who might be tempted to exploit it for financial gain.

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About the author, Graham Cluley

Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy.

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