eBay urges users to change passwords following data breach

By Jos
May 21, 2014
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  1. Add another notch to the tally of companies on the receiving end of a massive data breach. Earlier this morning, eBay revealed that internal and customer databases containing the names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and encrypted passwords...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    I'm at a loss how these types of companies keep getting hacked. e-bay is worth billions or dollars. So is Target. How on earth is their security that sad that they can get hacked??
    avoidz, Auth3ntic0 and Jad Chaar like this.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    Human error in many of these cases I'd imagine. In the case of eBay it looks to be that individual users were compromised and those users were used to attack from inside, unlike Sony where their servers simply were not protected even remotely enough.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    They work just like any other company would with a philosophy of "Lets make as much money as possible for ourselves and shareholders, as for other problems, we'll cross those bridges when we come to them".
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  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    I changed mine just in case, never can be too careful.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965


    Hackers will always find ways to breach things.
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    They need to make a auto password changer, that adds things to your password like the month and year each month, as part of your password. Maybe let you choose where in your password that you type it and how. Also say you pick a month ahead or behind. The first 3 letters of a month, idk.
    password superman
  8. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 276   +67

    Anyone else running out of passwords?.....and memory.
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  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    Wow, I don't buy from Target, or shop on Ebay. I'm way ahead of the game.
  10. Sack the employees who allowed their internal accounts to be compromised, as they were sloppy and unsecured.

    If the weakest link breaks then throw it in the bin!
  11. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +6

    ...names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates...

    Why didn't they ask us to provide our SSN/SIN numbers while they were at it. I guess it doesn't matter to ebay as long as they are covered.

    Ebay should be offering free credit checks for every user and why did they wait so long to report it?
  12. I will wait to change my password I havent logged into it for ages so its probably all useless old information anyways.

    The first thing they said to everyone when they announced the heartbleed ssl bug was everyone go out and change your passwords. Genius idea if the website you are changing it on isnt patched. And ya regular joe isnt going to check.

    These companies should hire better security. But doesnt it make you realise how unsafe you are. Sure you arent Mr Money probably. But your information in the right hands could be worth something to someone. And there isnt much you can do to prevent it. Internet security stops script kiddies, but once they level up beyond that status ( dont know what that is mind ) then your Nortons and such does sweet FA
  13. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    Indeed, I think I will actually switch to Lastpass.
    Even though I've been a very big opponent of that system the reality is that with so many breaches I'm just loosing track of my passwords...
    And as I'm going through them in some site where I've forgot what password I use there is always this lingering feeling:
    What if they are able to read the passwords I try? Because they are all correct :eek:
    Just because I'm paranoid does not mean they are not out to get me!
  14. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 276   +67

    I think what this proves is the safest places for passwords are:
    Notebook & pen in a safe.
    A PC un-networked PC with a note encrypted with true crypt or similar service.

    It all depends how far you wish to go. Did I also mention joining the Armish?
  15. stonarda

    stonarda TS Enthusiast Posts: 141   +18

    Deleted my ebay account after the hack..not risking it!

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