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WARNING: eBay was hacked!

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Just a heads-up to everyone who may not already be aware….Here is the email I received yesterday:

 

 

IMPORTANT: PASSWORD UPDATE

Dear eBay Member,

To help ensure customers' trust and security on eBay, I am asking all eBay users to change their passwords.

Here's why: Recently, our company discovered a cyberattack on our corporate information network. This attack compromised a database containing eBay user passwords.

What's important for you to know: We have no evidence that your financial information was accessed or compromised. And your password was encrypted.

What I ask of you:

Go to eBay and change your password. Changing your password may be inconvenient. I realize that. We are doing everything we can to protect your data and changing your password is an extra precautionary step, in addition to the other security measures we have in place.

If you have only visited eBay as a guest user, we do not have a password on file.If you used the same eBay password on any other site, I encourage you to change your password on those sites too. And if you are a PayPal user, we have no evidence that this attack affected your PayPal account or any PayPal financial information, which is encrypted and stored on a separate secure network.

Here are other steps we are taking:

  • As always, we have strong protections in place for both buyers and sellers in the event of any unauthorized activity on your account.

  • We are applying additional security to protect our customers.

  • We are working with law enforcement and leading security experts to aggressively investigate the matter.

Here's what we know: This attack occurred between late February and early March and resulted in unauthorized access to a database of eBay users that includes customers' name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth.

However, the file did not contain financial information. And, after conducting extensive testing and analysis of our systems, we have no evidence that any customer financial or credit card information was involved. We also have no indication of a significant spike in fraudulent activity on our site.

We apologize for any inconvenience or concern that this situation may cause you. As a global marketplace, nothing is more important to eBay than the security and trust of our customers. We know our customers have high expectations of us, and we are committed to ensuring a safe and secure online experience for you on any connected device.

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Devin Wenig

President, eBay Marketplaces

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I followed the indications and resetted my password.

 

The announce still appears... :(

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This happened a while ago, it leaked on Wednesday, was a mess trying to change passwords on all my ebay accounts. Almost everyone was doing it at the same time and their servers crumpled.

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As the hackers didn't apparently get any financial details, I cannot see what the panic is about.

 

Worst they could do is bid or list on stuff, or get your address details, but any eBay user who bids on another's item can get those.

 

In the online world, this is the way of the future, unfortunately.

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Email addresses. And if they crack the hashed passwords, try the same combo on other well known sites such as Amazon and Paypal.

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This happened a while ago, it leaked on Wednesday, was a mess trying to change passwords on all my ebay accounts. Almost everyone was doing it at the same time and their servers crumpled.

I had the same issue Wednesday, For some reason EBay wouldn't let me use "password" as my password ;)
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Changed mine when this story broke. I routinely change passwords but this put made it happen faster. I also don't re-use passwords anywhere. I jus thope the hackers did not obtain any PayPal information.

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