Online commerce giant, eBay, recently asked users to change their passwords after hackers stole encrypted passwords and other personal information, including names, e-mail addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.
The data breach occurred between late February and early March 2014, according to a press statement posted on the company’s website.
The company stated that Cyberattackers compromised a small number of employee log-in credentials, allowing unauthorized access to eBay’s corporate network. The company is currently working with law enforcement and security experts to investigate the breach and has not noticed any fraudulent activity related to the incident. eBay discovered the breach in early May, meaning it went unnoticed for about a month. The company spent a few weeks investigating the incident before disclosing it to the public.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The company is asking all of its 145 million active users to change their passwords as a “precautionary measure,” but is not sure how many accounts were compromised in the breach.
- No financial information, including credit card numbers, were stolen.
- Paypal information was also safe because it was encrypted and stored on a different network.
- Users that use their eBay password elsewhere should immediately go change that password on other sites – especially their e-mail.
It is important that users heed eBay’s request to change their passwords because the hackers may eventually be able to break the encryption that secures them.
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Article source courtesy of Andrea Peterson of the Washington Post.