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Zappos, Amazon sued over customer data breach

January 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Zappos.com and parent company Amazon.com are being sued following customer information was released in a hacker attack.

The lawsuit was filed in a U.S. District Court in Kentucky by a Texas woman just hours after Zappos reported that customer names, phone numbers and email addresses may have been accessed in a security breach.

The suit seeks class action status for the plaintiff Theresa D. Stevens and 24 million other customers, calling the breach a violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Officials with Zappos in Nevada and Amazon in Seattle declined comment.

Zappos announced Monday it was contacting customers by email and urging them to change their passwords.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.