Date
18 December 2017
eBay is the latest entity to reveal that it has fallen victim to a cyber attack. Photo: Reuters
eBay is the latest entity to reveal that it has fallen victim to a cyber attack. Photo: Reuters

Ebay falls prey to hacker attack

E-commerce giant eBay is asking its registered users to change their passwords after a cyber attack in which hackers were able to access passwords, phone numbers, addresses and other personal data on the online platform.

An investigation showed “no evidence” that hackers breached the group’s PayPal online payment service, Financial Times quoted the US firm as saying Wednesday. PayPal customer data is said to be stored and encrypted separately from eBay customer data.

The eBay database that hackers accessed also contained no financial information on customers, such as credit card numbers, the company said.

Disclosing the attack early Wednesday, eBay said the security breach occurred between late February and early March, and the company detected it about two weeks ago. It did not say how many users were affected, FT noted.

The attack against eBay marks the latest episode of cyber attacks on popular retailers and online sites, with hackers having targeted entities such as Target and Yahoo’s email service earlier.

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