Important Update of News for Online Shoppers

May 21, 2014
Ebay (via NPR) just announced that our personal account information data has BEEN HACKED.

Ebay is advising us to go change our Ebay passwords, immediately.

http://www.ebay.com

~ http://my.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MyeBay&CurrentPage=MyeBayPersonalInfo&gbh=1&ssPageName=STRK:ME:LNLK ~

Your password change “option” is the 3’rd item down in your personal “Account Information” block. … Click ~ Edit ~ .

You have to re-enter your personal login information, … then fill in new EBay passwords.

– If you are successful, you get this confirmation email:

eBay eBay sent this message to ****** (****).
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay. Learn more.
eBay Change Password Confirmation

Dear ***** …”

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The Rest of the Story:  According to a Yahoo report  “… eBay did say that”

~  ” the hackers were able to access members’ names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. ” ~

lost cowsClosing the barn door after the cows are already out?

(data stolen last March)

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4 Responses to Important Update of News for Online Shoppers

  1. Steve, I like to verify before typing my pw info, so I looked at snopes.com which sorts rumors from facts, for journalists. They aren’t reporting this hack. Where did you learn of it, please? ~eric.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hey Eric,
      On a “Top of the Hour” NPR news bulletin.

      It may be too new/fresh for snopes et al to know of it??
      steve

    • yucalandia says:

      Mr. Google confirms the info via a Yahoo news blurb:
      “… The company said in a statement that a database containing encrypted passwords had been breached, but that financial data, including credit card information, was stored separately and was still safe. Hackers were able to gain access to eBay employee log-ins, eBay said, which in turn gave them access to (our) encoded passwords.

      eBay says that no unauthorized transactions have yet been made with the information. But if you’re an eBay user, you still definitely need a new password.

      “[C]hanging passwords is a best practice,” the statement said, “and will help enhance security for eBay users.”

      In the statement, which was unsigned, eBay said that the attack took place between late February and early March. Though the passwords that the hackers gained access to were encrypted, or obscured by a code to prevent easy reading, eBay did say that”

      ” ~ the hackers were able to access members’ names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. ~ ”

      Closing the barn door after the cows are out?

      (The report above has been edited to reflect the most recent factual details & information.)
      steve

  2. Yep, I just heard it on NPR, too. Snopes still doesn’t have it, but I’ll change my password based on these reports. Thanks!

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