Ebay urges users to reset passwords after cyberattack

Massive ebay hacking. Are you a user? If so, your passwords have been hacked.

Ebay asks customers to reset their passwords after a cyberattack compromised user information. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

  • Auction site’s database containing encrypted passwords and personal data has been hacked

The Guardian
By Samuel Gibbs
21 May 2014

Auction site eBay may have been the target of the biggest-ever online break-in, after hackers broke into a database holding its 233 million customers' personal data.

The site says users should change their passwords after the break-in, which was detected two weeks ago. The breach did not affect financial information, but did affect a database holding customer names, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth. Ebay hasn't clarified whether personal data besides passwords were encrypted.

In a statement, the auction site said that a database was compromised between late February and early March. PayPal, the payment arm of eBay, released a statement saying it was not affected.

The site has 233 million customers worldwide, and is one of the five biggest credit-card holding sites online. Of those, more than 14m are active in the UK.

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