ebayGlobal auction site, eBay is calling on its users to change their passwords.The move comes after hackers apparently got into one of its databases that contain encrypted passwords and email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

The company said it has conducted extensive tests across its networks and has found no evidence of user’s accounts being compromised.

It was also quick to add that it found no evidence that financial data, such as credit card numbers and account details, had been accessed.It added that this type of information is encrypted and stored in separate databases.

That said, it did admit to some employee log-in credentials being compromised and as result hackers gained unauthorized access to eBay’s corporate network.

Apparently, this happened about two weeks ago and led the company to conduct its network forensics.

It then subsequently detected the compromised database and established that it was actually hacked towards the end of February, beginning of March.

Many eBay users rely on PayPal accounts but the company made a point of saying that it has not discovered any evidence of hackers accessing or compromising PayPal user’s information.It added that all PayPal financial information is encrypted.

The auction place giant is planning to inform account holders about the need to change their passwords.


Written by Steve Bell (226 Posts)

Steve has a background in IT and business journalism and in the past has written extensively for both the UK national and trade press including The Guardian, Independent-on-Sunday, The Times, The Register, MicroScope and Computer Weekly. He's also worked for most of the world's largest IT companies in a copy and content producing capacity. He has a particular focus on IT security and has been involved in writing about the industry at various levels ranging from magazine launches to producing newsletters. He also runs a small copy writing business called Art of Words. When not bashing away at a keyboard he can sometimes be found in a boxing gym making futile efforts to keep fit or marveling at the works of Sufi poets such as Jalaluddin Rumi and Hafiz of Shiraz.

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