Tags: ebay | hacked | change | passwords

eBay Hacked: Customers Urged to Change Passwords After Breach

Image: eBay Hacked: Customers Urged to Change Passwords After Breach

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 01:51 PM

By Nick Sanchez

Online auction site eBay asked all of its users to reset their login passwords Wednesday after discovering it fell victim to a malicious hack.

ABC News reported that the hackers broke in two months ago and stole an encrypted database full of customer names, passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates. Ebay is unsure of the hackers' level of talent for cracking the encryption, but the company is asking users to change their passwords just in case.

"Changing passwords is a best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users," the company said in a statement. It's unclear just how many accounts out of nearly 150 million were affected, but the eBay reported it was "a large number of accounts."

Editor's Note: 10 Secret Ways to Make Big Money Like Warren Buffett

PayPal, which powers the site's payments system, was unaffected by the breach, according to eBay spokespersons.

The company said it "will not speculate" as to who hacked the system, but did explain how it happened: the hackers apparently got their hands on a few employee log-in credentials, and made their way further into the system once inside.

CNN Money explained the potential consequences of the hack should the perpetrators be able to decrypt the data.

"Hackers now know where you live. They can call you. Expect to receive fake deals and offers. Beware of getting duped into revealing even more sensitive information, like your bank details or Social Security number."

Ebay has advised users who use the same email and password on separate sites to change those passwords as well.

The data breach is just the latest in what seems to be a growing cyber-security threat for consumers. Target was hacked last year, compromising the credit cards of 40 million customers who used them in-store or online. Note-taking app Evernote was also hacked last year, affecting 50 million users, who were also asked to change their passwords.

Editor's Note: Over 50? Check Out These Free Government Giveaways...

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved