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eBay urges all users to change their password after severe security breach

If you have an account with eBay (ebay.com) you are advised to immediately change your eBay password. In February and March of 2014 cyberattackers compromised and used several eBay employee log-in credentials in order to gain access to eBay’s corporate network. The cyber-criminals compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial customer data. Customer and eBay user information including home addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth, and full names have been breached by the culprits. eBay could find no evidence to suggest that financial information was observed during the cyberattack.

eBay says it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, including PayPal information which is stored on separate databases and in encrypted formats.
The company said it has seen not seen an increase in fraudulent account activity on eBay following the security breach.
On March 21st, eBay users will receive an email from eBay suggesting to change their password. In addition to asking users to change their eBay password, the company said it also is encouraging any eBay user who utilized the same password on other sites to change those passwords, too. The same password should never be used across multiple sites or accounts.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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