eBay urges customers to change passwords; possible data breach

eBay is telling customers to change passwords, after admitting it suffered a data breach in late February.ebayebay

In a post on its website, eBay says it has no knowledge of users’ financial information being stolen or misused, despite the theft of names, addresses, phone numbers, telephone numbers and birth dates. Unlike basic user information, financial information is encrypted. Company officials say it found the breach two weeks ago. While eBay claims 145 million users, but did not say how many accounts were affected. eBay says there is no evidence that its subsidiary online payment system, PayPal, was hacked.

This is only the latest in a series of high-profile attacks that hit retailers Target, Niemen Marcus and others, as well as AOL last month.

Better Business Bureau recommends eBay customers not only change their eBay passwords, but make sure they don’t use the same password for other sites as well. Find other tips at http://www.bbb.org

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