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E-commerce Giant Amazon Could Fall Under FTC for Anti-trust Related Cases

The organisation has also reportedly been looking to level a multi-billion dollar fine against Facebook for its privacy practices, the report added

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The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

Following an agreement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), e-commerce giant Amazon could fall under FTC’s jurisdiction on anti-trust subjects.

According to The Washington Post, this “kind of arrangement brokered between the DOJ and the FTC typically presages more serious antitrust scrutiny,” The Verge reported on Monday.

The news comes after reports broke on Friday evening that the DOJ is preparing an anti-trust investigation into Google’s search business.

Those reports noted that the FTC launched its own investigations against Google in 2011, which resulted in a civil penalty and which was later closed in 2013.

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

Calls for more scrutiny over the business practices of the country’s major tech companies has been steadily growing over the past year.

European regulators and prominent Democratic presidential candidates have made the case to break up companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, citing their vast influence in the marketplace and their business practices.

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Earlier in February, the FTC launched a new task force to investigate anti-competitive behaviour amongst tech giants within the US.

The organisation has also reportedly been looking to level a multi-billion dollar fine against Facebook for its privacy practices, the report added. (IANS)

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Amazon Ring Doorbells Exposed Home Wi-Fi Passwords to Hackers

This takes place in an unsecure manner, through an unprotected access point

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When first configuring the device, the smartphone app must send wireless network credentials. Flickr

Amazon has rolled out a security patch for its widely-popular Ring Video Doorbell Pro after Bitdefender security researchers found that it was exposing Wi-Fi network credentials, thus, allowing nearby attackers to intercept them and compromise the household network, media reports said.

Security researchers from Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, thus, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance.

“When first configuring the device, the smartphone app must send wireless network credentials. This takes place in an unsecure manner, through an unprotected access point. Once this network is up, the app connects to it automatically, queries the device, then sends the credentials to the local network,” Bitdefender was quoted as saying by the TechCrunch on Thursday.

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Security researchers from Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, thus, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password. Flickr

Notably, Amazon has dominated Apple and Google in the smart home market, thanks to its smart assistant Alexa and its Echo line up of devices.

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Amazon fixed the vulnerability in all Ring devices in September, but the vulnerability was only disclosed now, the report added. (IANS)