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eBay Tells Users to Change Their Passwords Following Cyber Attack

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eBay has suffered a “cyber attack.” Through a brief note originally posted to PayPal’s press site this morning, password changes are being recommended, thanks to the attack which “compromised an eBay database containing encrypted eBay passwords and other non-financial information.” eBay took a while to confirm the news, but has now confirmed the attack and that its users should change passwords immediately. 

PayPal, who is owned by eBay, mentioned in their brief press release that PayPal accounts should be fine after the attack. They are claiming that “extensive forensic research has shown no evidence of unauthorized access or compromise to personal or financial information for PayPal customers.” They also said that “PayPal customer and financial data is encrypted and stored separately, and PayPal never shares financial information with merchants, including eBay.”

eBay mentioned in their post that the attackers gained access by compromising eBay employee credentials, which allowed access to the corporate network. Information like eBay customers’ name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth were accessed. However, this database did not include any financial info.

To read more about the attack, hit up the source links below.

Before you do that, be sure to change your eBay password.

Via:  eBayPayPal
  • pinecone

    Thank you.

  • 213ninja

    they didn’t bother to tell this user, thanks DL.

  • Kim Loral

    There are other things aswell you need to know, http://bit.ly/13sdfegW

  • anon

    Why didnt I get an email about this from Ebay? Thanks K

    • michael arazan

      At 7 am when I first read about it, ebay didn’t even have anything on there front page, news , or any emails in my account messages or personal email.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Great. eBay didn’t even notify me. Awesome.

  • cgalyon

    Frustrating, but I’m honestly surprised it took this long. Seems to me that eBay must be one of the highest profile targets on the internet (as is Amazon). That said, I wonder if they could have put up better separation between the corporate network and the user database. We’re going to have to have a better method of managing log-in information because, as mentioned by others, this is becoming too common (and is only likely to continue to be more common). The system is inherently weak.

    • michael arazan

      My ebay account was hacked 6 months ago, and received an email stating ebay caught it when it happened and deleted all the purchases right after it happened. Luckily my ebay and paypal are different passwords as are every site I use.

  • Al-Burrit0

    Wow I just changed mine yesterday. Smh

  • I don’t buy anything off eBay.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Good for you.

    • Slick Rick

      I don’t either. But I do sell things I don’t even own.

  • socalrailroader

    I tell you what, I’m getting tired of these companies being hacked at what seems like a daily basis.

    • The Narrator

      sh!t happens.

      • socalrailroader

        This shouldn’t be happening as much as it is, it’s getting to be so you can’t trust your data to anyone or anything.

        • The Narrator

          There’s no choice. I mean, you can not use electronics, and you’ll be fine then.

          • socalrailroader

            I never said I wanted to stop using electronics, but seriously, this is getting ridiculous.

          • The Narrator

            Never use the same password, that’s what I do.

          • nate

            How do you keep track of your passwords to sites you rarely use?

          • Brad

            Last Pass

          • Until that gets hacked.

          • FknTwizted

            mSecure is a good product.

          • michael arazan

            Just memorize them, keep them written down in your wallet, or keep them on a digital notepad app, or write them all down and take a picture of them on your camera, many ways to do so

        • I agree.. It is getting quite ridiculous

    • FknTwizted

      its just the new B&E of this generation. best thing to do is have different passwords for all of your sites and accounts. then make sure there is alerts on them if there is any changes to your account.

  • Nexoduss

    Kellen Idk if anyone has told you yet. My girlfriend’s droid maxx just got an update and now her icons in the notifications tray are white (clock, wifi, signal)

    • Shane Redman

      They reported on that update I think late last week. Mine updated a few days ago as well.

  • Miguel

    Already changed mine.