Change Your Passwords, Ebay was hacked

Do you buy items on Ebay?  Last Thursday, hackers made their way into Ebay accounts and got user information.  Security is a number one concern and should only be kept private.  If you use this site, Cohen Electronics urges you to change your password immediately.

“Ebay’s 128 million active users will find a rude surprise in their inboxes today: news that a cyberattack struck one of the company’s databases between late February and early March and compromised important customer data.  The company said the breached database housed customer names, email addresses and physical addresses, phone number, date of birth, and encrypted passwords. No financial information was taken, but the personal information that was swiped sounds like enough to do some damage. Ebay didn’t say how many of its users were actually impacted by the breach, but all users are advised to change their passwords.  Ebay in a Wednesday statement announcing the breach said it found no evidence of fraudulent account activity as a result of the breach, and that its subsidiary PayPal was unaffected by the attack. If you store your financial information with PayPal, you can rest easy (sort of). The payment company has a separate secure network where it keeps your information.  It’s unclear whether the breach is related to the Heartbleed bug that exploits a flaw in OpenSSL and leaks data all over the place. Ebay said a few employee log-ins were compromised in the breach, so perhaps the hackers were able to phish their way to your information, like they did in the Target hack last year.  Ebay on Wednesday will begin emailing users about the breach. You should change your password, and if you’ve used the same password across multiple sites, you should change your passwords en masse.” (PC World)

For any questions about how to keep your technology secured, please contact Cohen Electronics at 323-380-5612. You are welcome to email us at info@cohenelectronics.com or visit our website at www.cohenelectronics.com.

 

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