eBay Hacked – Change Your Password Now!

ebay-hackedOnline marketplace eBay has released a statement urging eBay users to change their passwords. The company said hackers attacked between late February and early March with login credentials obtained from “a small number” of employees. The hackers then accessed a database containing all user records and copied “a large part” of those credentials. The breach was discovered in early May and eventually disclosed in Wednesday’s statement.

The breach involves stolen email addresses, encrypted passwords, birth dates, mailing addresses and other information, although eBay says it has not found evidence of unauthorised activity or access to financial information. The company says financial data was not affected, pointing out that credit card information (including PayPal) is encrypted and stored on a separate database. <source>

Regardless, eBay users should change their account password as soon as possible, and on any other sites where the same password has been utilized.

eBay users will be notified via email, site communications and other marketing channels to change their password. In addition to asking users to change their eBay password, the company said it also is encouraging any eBay user who utilized the same password on other sites to change those passwords, too


9 thoughts on “eBay Hacked – Change Your Password Now!”

  1. Just finished changing my Ebay password. Think I’ll wait awhile before I do any shopping. Daniel.

    1. I’m just thankful PayPal wasn’t involved Daniel. I don’t even want to think about the chaos/damage that would cause.

      I change my PayPal password every 6 months or so as a matter of course anyway, just to be on the safe side.

  2. Jon Digby-Lord on Facebook

    I have been wondering if it is necessary to change a 12 digit password that looks like a formula for an unknown galactic substance……..;-)…. 🙂

    1. Yes. If the hackers have it, you should change it. No matter how complex and unguessable it may be to others who don’t have it.

  3. Are users of all countries involved because I didn’t see or receive any info here in Belgium?

    1. The actual extent of the breach is as yet unknown but yes, all eBay members in all countries are vulnerable. You should change your password.

      eBay is sending out emails right now but with 145 million or so users worldwide, it will take some time to reach everybody.

      1. Thanks Jim ! I change it immediately, but I wanted to be sure before relaying the information.

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