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Change Your eBay Password, Cyberattackers Invade Another Major Database

eBay reports that it has approximately 660,000 active users in Connecticut, though it is not clear how many may be impacted by the breach.

eBay reported that there is no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, but encouraged users to change their passwords.
eBay reported that there is no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, but encouraged users to change their passwords.
Change your eBay password, Connecticut Attorney General's Office and Deparment of Consumer Protectuon advise. The website is the latest to be hacked and have password information stolen.

Here's the news release from the Attorney General's Office:

Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein today urged Connecticut consumers who use the online marketplace, eBay, Inc., and who have not yet changed the password on their account to do so as soon as possible.


Yesterday [Wednesday], the company announced that a cyberattack had compromised a database of encrypted passwords and other non-financial data. eBay reported that there is no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, but encouraged users to change their passwords.

eBay reports that it has approximately 660,000 active users in Connecticut, though it is not clear how many may be impacted by the breach.  eBay will send emails to all their users, and customers will be prompted to change their password upon signing into their eBay account.

"My office will be looking into the circumstances surrounding this breach as well as the steps eBay is taking to prevent any future incidents," said Attorney General Jepsen. "However, the most important step for consumers to take right now is to change their password and to choose a strong, unique password that is not easily guessed."

"Anyone who had been using their eBay password for other internet or email accounts should immediately assign different passwords for those accounts to protect them from being accessed through this breach," Commissioner Rubenstein said.

"While it's not recommended, many people use the same password over and over. Recent massive data breaches underline the importance of personal password management -- keep your passwords unique for each account, simple for you and no one else to remember, and regularly updated."

The Attorney General and Department of Consumer Protection recommend that all consumers regularly change passwords and PIN numbers, whenever possible, to help protect personal and financial information. They also advise consumers to beware so-called "phishing" scam emails in the wake of the breach and avoid clicking on links or opening attachments on any unsolicited emails.

Consumers with questions can contact the Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Unit at 860-808-5420 or the Department of Consumer Protection at 1-800-842-2649.

 

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fitzsimmons, head of the Attorney General's Privacy Task Force, is assisting the Attorney General with this matter.

Igor May 22, 2014 at 01:59 PM
When are these businesses going to be held accountable for the lost of information? Instead of the usual shake of the heads and the empty words of "We're sorry".
Jim B May 22, 2014 at 02:45 PM
I and many others are still waiting for direct communication from eBay on this. No email, phone call? We hear about it in the news. We're talking about potential financial risk here. What would happen if a bank waited to inform their customers? I guess that what ever is best for the companies bottom line, customers are expendable.
Craig R May 22, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Third time in the past 6 months having to change this password. Running out of memorable PW's at this point.

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