Thursday, 22 May 2014

Change your eBay password

Another day when, as a security certifier at work, I hide my head in my hands for a moment and just sigh.

eBay have had a security issue, in which the database containing "eBay customers’ name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth" was hacked into via someone at eBay's internal login that had the appropriate permissions, and the contents acquired.

Here we go again. You know the drill:

  • change your eBay password to something new
  • if you use the same password anywhere else, change it to something different
  • consider using a secure password manager like 1Password if you can't remember passwords
  • be vigilant about attempts at identity theft - the hackers got away with your name/address/DoB
Identity and authentication are a key part of today's Internet. Don't treat them lightly.


  1. "Sorry we are currently experiencing difficulties - please try again"

    I have tried twice so far and failed!

  2. Internet security is a bit of a misnomer isnt do you feel about the fact this breach happened several months ago? Have they only just found out and they are telling us straight away (although there has been no direct communication from ebay as far as I'm aware?), or have they known about it for some time and are only now telling us?

  3. I fell victim to ebay fraud now twice in one year. The same person linked my account to theirs. Very frustrating. The first time it took over a month to get it resolved. This time it took just one phone call.Ebay had made changes to make it easier to link accounts. Obviously not a good plan.


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