EBay urging users to change passwords after breach

EBay urging users to change passwords after breach

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EBay urging users to change passwords after breach

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by Brett Molina, USA TODAY

NWCN.com

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 1:26 PM

Online marketplace eBay says it will urge users to change their passwords following a "cyberattack" impacting a database with encrypted passwords and non-financial data.

The database includes information such as customers' names, encrypted passwords, email and physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

In a statement released Wednesday, eBay says they have not found evidence of unauthorized activity or access to financial information, based on "extensive" tests. The company says financial data was not affected, pointing out credit card information is encrypted and stored separately from this database.

"We know our customers trust us with their information, and we take seriously our commitment to maintaining a safe, secure and trusted global marketplace," reads a statement from eBay.

The compromise, which happened between late February and early March, resulted from a cyberattack targeting a small group of employee log-in credentials.

The company says emails will go out to users today to request changes to their passwords.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @bam923.

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