Security and Privacy

eBay Hacked, Change Your Passwords Now

`If you have an eBay account, it’s time to change your password. The company released a statement today saying their internal and customer databases were compromised earlier this year, and starting today they’ll prompt everyone to change their passwords.

Attackers made off with names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and of course, encrypted passwords. eBay explained that financial info like credit card numbers and other sensitive data (like PayPal accounts) are kept in a separate encrypted database which wasn’t compromised. They also said they’ve found no evidence of unauthorized access or activity by registered eBay users—which is code for “we don’t think anyone’s used these passwords yet.” According to the statement, intruders compromised employee accounts first, and used their access to get the data they really wanted. They discovered the breach about two weeks ago, but the actual attack took place back in late February and early March.

To change your eBay password:

  • log into your account
  • click your name in the upper left corner
  • select Account Settings
  • click Personal Information on the left side of the page
  • click edit next to your password.

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