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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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Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Australia is joining the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses committed by China's government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday.

Driving the news: After the Biden administration's announcement that U.S. officials won't attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, Morrison said at a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit as "it's the right thing to do."

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.

Roger Stone won't cooperate with Jan. 6 panel

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone speaking in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 5 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone won't cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and will invoke the Fifth Amendment right not to testify, his attorney said Tuesday evening.

Why it matters: The announcement, first reported by ABC News, came hours after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he wouldn't cooperate with the probe.