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eBay Hit by Hackers, All User Account Passwords Need to be Changed

Postby sunnyd » Wed May 21, 2014 10:33 am

If you’re an eBay user, as a precaution your password will be reset by eBay, but site users are strongly encouraged to change them themselves. Even though the passwords are encrypted, there is no way to determine if the hackers will be able to decrypt them. According to a report by CNN, hackers broke into the eBay database in late February or early March, and are in possession of user information which includes; customer names, account passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and birth dates.

Per the report, the company has not said how many of its 148 million active accounts were affected, or how many active accounts had information stored in the database, but a "large number of accounts" have been impacted by this. EBay indicated that so far, there has not been an increase of fraudulent activity as a result of this hack.

The cyber criminals managed to get their hands on "a small number" of eBay employee login credentials which is how they were able to gain access, and from there they then used that to enter into the eBay corporate network.

The hack was not discovered until two weeks ago when eBay realized that employee credentials had been stolen. The company then conducted a forensic investigation of its computers and found the extent of the theft which was revealed today.

PayPal, a subsidiary of eBay, was not affected by this data breach. User information for PayPal is kept on a separate network.




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Re: eBay Hit by Hackers, All User Account Passwords Need to

Postby sunnyd » Wed May 21, 2014 4:52 pm

In addition to changing passwords, users should use caution regarding receipt of any emails claiming to be from eBay. Data breaches lead to phishing scams.
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Re: eBay Hit by Hackers, All User Account Passwords Need to

Postby ejonesss » Wed May 21, 2014 5:25 pm

you are right sunnyd i am sure there are others watching the news and just like in natural disasters they will exploit the events
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Re: eBay Hit by Hackers, All User Account Passwords Need to

Postby sunnyd » Thu May 22, 2014 10:05 am

As of this posting, eBay still had not sent notifications to customers via email. So far all there is, is a notice on their home page recommending users update passwords "as a first step". As a result of the delay from eBay, numerous sources are reporting serious backlash against the company.
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Re: eBay Hit by Hackers, All User Account Passwords Need to

Postby sunnyd » Fri May 23, 2014 6:44 am

The UK's information commissioner is working with European data authorities and is considering taking action against eBay regarding the breach. So far, three states from the US, Connecticut, Florida and Illinois, are also involved in the investigation, and the New York attorney general is requesting free credit monitoring. The site has begun the process of sending emails to everyone, and an Important Password Update notice is now on the site.
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Re: eBay Hit by Hackers, All User Account Passwords Need to

Postby tmc » Sun Jun 22, 2014 2:38 pm

some credit card companies will likely flag ebay/paypal purchases for a few months as suspicious.
be aware, you might have to run the rigamaroe of your card "fraud alert" system to continue using YOUR card.
obviously the attack was geared to impact Ebay/Paypal's business somewhat.
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