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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 11, March 11, 2001, Article 10


From The Standard, March 6, 2001 (

"As Amazon's stock zoomed yesterday, news emerged of a serious security breach at one of its subsidiaries., based in Massachusetts, revealed that a week ago it discovered that its system had been visited by intruders "monthly" since last October. The company announced that personal data on 98,000 of its customers, including credit-card numbers and addresses, had been compromised.

Amazon bought Bibliofind's parent company,, in 1999. Bibliofind lists more than 20 million rare books and ephemera for sale by independent booksellers.

News outlets gave the break-in story scant coverage yesterday and today. InternetNews was among the first to post on Monday, and its sister operation InternetNewsRadio led yesterday's newscast with a story on the security breach. Most of the press accounts leaned hard on a statement by an spokesman that no customer data at the parent company had been put at risk.

CNN reported that when Bibliofind reopened for business on Monday, it was operating strictly as a matching service for buyers and sellers of rare books, not as a broker of monetary transactions."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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