Ebay tells users to reset passwords following database breach

Ebay has urged its 233 million users to change their passwords, following a hack of the system where personal data is held.

The company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorised activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorised access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats, but said it was best for users to change their passwords.

In a statement today, eBay said: “Information security and customer data protection are of paramount importance to eBay Inc., and eBay regrets any inconvenience or concern that this password reset may cause our customers. We know our customers trust us with their information, and we take seriously our commitment to maintaining a safe, secure and trusted global marketplace.”

Stating that the hack was first detected two weeks ago, eBay added that the database does not contain financial information or other confidential personal information.

As such PayPal, the payment arm of eMay, was not affected.

Ishbel Macleod

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