Ebay announced today that it’s the latest megalith online site to be hacked, and is asking users to change their passwords:
The database, which was compromised between late February and early March, included eBay customers’ name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth. However, the database did not contain financial information or other confidential personal information.
The release goes on to say that PayPal data, which is encrypted, is stored on a separate server that was not compromised. So the “oops” of the day goes to PayPal for posting a notice telling Ebay users to change their passwords before Ebay put out its own announcement. The page apparently said “eBay Inc. To Ask All eBay Users To Change Passwords” but had no information other than the words “place holder text.” It was later taken down, causing even more confusion.
Ebay apparently discovered they had been hacked two weeks ago.
“For the time being, we cannot comment on the specific number of accounts impacted. However, we believe there may be a large number of accounts involved and we are asking all eBay users to change their passwords,” eBay spokeswoman Kari Ramirez said.
Target’s CEO resigned recently in the wake of a massive data breech last year on Black Friday that compromised as many as 40 million payment cards.