May 23, 2017

eBay tells users to change passwords after 'cyber attack'

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Online auction site eBay is telling all 233m of its users to change their passwords following a “cyber attack” which compromised a database of account information.

Names, email addresses, home address, phone numbers and dates of birth of all users have been stolen by hackers, the company admits.

But it reassured users in a blog post today that no financial data was accessed and that all credit card information is stored separately in an encrypted format.

“Our customers are our highest priority; and to ensure they continue to have a safe, secure and trusted experience on eBay, we will be asking all eBay users to change their passwords,” the company told the Telegraph this afternoon.

 

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auction (n) a public event at which things are sold to the person who offers the most money for them
to compromise (v) to bring somebody/something/yourself into danger or under suspicion, especially by acting in a way that is not very sensible
hacker (n) a person who secretly finds a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else’s computer system without permission
reassure (v) to say or do something that makes somebody less frightened or worried
to access (v) (computing) to open a computer file in order to get or add information
to encrypt (v) to put information into a special code, especially in order to prevent people from looking at it without authority

 

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