While we love the Internet for all the dog wedding videos it gives us, there’s no denying that a very dark side of it exists as well. We’re always hearing about attacks on the App Store, hacks into the databases of various e-commerce giants (and even on individual smartphones) because frankly, identity theft is a very real, very scary thing. Today, Amazon took precautions to block stolen information after discovering a kinda-scary glitch in the system, forcing many of its users to reset their passwords.


In an email obtained by ZDNet, Amazon wrote to certain users that the company “recently discovered that your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party.” Yikes. However, before you freak out, don’t worry.

Amazon also said they have no reason to believe that any third parties have gained access to your passwords (yet) and that they caught the loophole in time before any serious damage could be done. In the meantime, they’ve issued temporary passwords to users who might have been affected for them to sign-in and properly changed their login info.

Whew, crisis averted.

Did you have to change your password for Amazon? Tell us in the comments below!