This article serves as a timely reminder on what can go wrong if you reuse passwords. The Amazon scam was very sophisticated, and probably most customers would not have been able to understand what happened and ask Amazon for a refund. Remember to practice good password hygiene and avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime.
How Cybercrooks Put the Beatdown on My Beats Last month Yours Truly got snookered by a too-good-to-be-true online scam in which some dirtball hijacked an Amazon merchant’s account and used it to pimp steeply discounted electronics that he never intended to sell. Amazon refunded my money, and the legitimate seller never did figure out how his account was hacked. But such attacks are becoming more prevalent of late as crooks increasingly turn to online crimeware services that make it a cakewalk to cash out stolen passwords.