EBay Admits User Accounts Were Hacked In Cyber Attack

| by Will Hagle

EBay Inc. confirms that a cyber attack carried out almost three months ago compromised the security, passwords and data of the site’s users. The online auction giant is requesting that all 145 million of its users change passwords both on eBay and any other locations where the same platform might be used. 

The company has yet to identify the hackers involved in the attack, although they admit that the unknown suspects stole email addresses, encrypted passwords, birth dates, mailing addresses and other information, as Reuters reports. The attack took place some time between late February and early March, and no financial information was confiscated. 

As to the amount of users affected by the attack, details are uncertain.

“For the time being, we cannot comment on the specific number of accounts impacted. However, we believe there may be a large number of accounts involved,” said eBay spokeswoman Kari Ramirez, according to Newser. 

It is also unclear as to how the hackers breached eBay’s security, but the company is currently working with law enforcement officials to investigate the cyber crime.

Sources: Reuters, Newser