June 17, 2021

Data leak implicates over 200,000 people in Amazon fake product review scam

An open database has revealed the identities of over 200,000 individuals who appear to be involved in Amazon fake product review schemes. 

There is an ongoing battle between the e-commerce giant and dubious sellers, worldwide, who wish to hamstring competitors and gain an edge by generating fake reviews for their products. 

This can include paying individuals to leave a glowing review or by offering free items in return for positive, public feedback. 

How they operate and stay under Amazon’s radar varies, but an open ElasticSearch server has exposed some of the inner workings of these schemes. 

On Thursday, Safety Detectives researchers revealed that the server, public and online, contained 7GB of data and over 13 million records appearing to be linked to a widespread fake review scam. 

It is not known who owns the…

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