U.S. senators ask FTC to probe Amazon over Capital One hack

FILE PHOTO: Staff chat at the front desk of the Amazon office in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

(Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Thursday asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to probe Inc AMZN.O to determine if the company failed to secure its servers prior to the Capital One hack.

The senators, Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren, said they want the FTC to decide if Amazon Web Services violated federal law.(

“Amazon continues to sell defective cloud computing services to businesses, government agencies, and to the general public. As such, Amazon shares some responsibility for the theft of data on 100 million Capital One customers,” the senators said.

Earlier this year, Capital One Financial Corp COF.N had said that personal information including names and addresses of about 100 million individuals in the United States and six million people in Canada were compromised from Amazon's cloud- computing system where information was stored.

The suspect, Paige Thompson, was able to gain access to the data through a misconfigured web application firewall, the U.S. Attorney’s office had said.

Amazon did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. Capital One and the FTC declined to comment.

Reporting by Amal S and Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Maju Samuel