|Thu Dec 6 2018 22:41:49|
Hijacked Amazon Images: A Political Statement?
By: Ina Steiner
Photos in some listings on Amazon are displaying a Guy Fawkes mask instead of the product. A seller noticed the image showing up in some listings for supplements.
There's no evidence the incident is related to the objections some Amazon employees have to the company's facial recognition technology
, which it markets to government and law enforcement.
However, the image is suggestive of a political motivation being behind the incident, having been used by activists in recent years, most notably Anonymous.
The incident also comes a day after the South Park
television program featured the company in a blistering satire.
Sellers discussing the issue believe Amazon may have been hacked. But Amazon allows vetted sellers to upload images to its catalog.
We've sent an inquiry to Amazon to learn more. Here's one of the listings
that is displaying the mask instead of the product this evening.
We found one such listing on a search for diet supplements on page 7 of search results - note that when we clicked through, it showed the product images, indicating Amazon may be already working to fix the problem.