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An Amazon fulfillment center prepares for Black Friday sales. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The names and email addresses of some Amazon customers were revealed due to a technical error, but the issue has since been fixed, the e-commerce giant said Wednesday.

The big picture: Passwords do not appear to have been disclosed. Amazon's notice to impacted consumers even says that there is "no need for you to change your password or take any other action." If a bad guy saw the emails and passwords while they were exposed — and we don't know any did — they do not immediately have access to the accounts.

Why it matters: The glitch occurred just days before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the busiest shopping days of the year. In theory, a bad guy who saw the names and email addresses could send scam emails pretending to be Amazon to users to try to steal log-in information, or could match email addresses with passwords from other sites' breaches to see if they work.

Quick take: Given the fact that millions of people around the world already have an account with Amazon, a bad guy could literally do this for Amazon accounts with any list of names and email addresses.

  • This isn't good by any stretch, and it may limit consumer confidence in the company. It's a bad look, especially given that Amazon fired an employee who shared customer data without permission.

What we know: Amazon says all affected users have been contacted and it fixed the issue.

What we don't know: How many users had data exposed, how long the data was exposed or how difficult the data would be to find.

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Neera Tanden withdraws nomination for Office of Management and Budget director

Neera Tanden testifying before the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., in February 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Neera Tanden withdrew her name from nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget after several senators voiced opposition and concern about her qualifications and past combative tweets, President Biden announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tanden’s decision to pull her nomination marks Biden's first setback in filling out his Cabinet with a thin Democratic majority in the Senate.

What's ahead for the newest female CEOs

Jane Fraser (L) and Rosalind Brewer. Photos: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images; Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

The number of women at the helm of America’s biggest companies pales in comparison to men, but is newly growing — and their tasks are huge.

What's going on: Jane Fraser took over at Citigroup this week, the first woman to ever lead a major U.S. bank. Rosalind Brewer will take the reins at Walgreens in the coming weeks (March 15) — a company that's been run by white men for more than a century.

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Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccines for 300 million adults by end of May

President Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden on Tuesday said that ramped-up coronavirus vaccine production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May.

Why it matters: That's two months sooner than Biden's previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.