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
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.