The online auction site eBay is the latest to fall victim to an extensive data breach. The data breach compromised the passwords of all 112 million users of the site. Other data that was exposed includes:
- Email addresses
- Phone Numbers
- Date of Birth
According to officials, no other information, such as debit or credit card numbers, was exposed. In addition, PayPal data was not breached, as it is stored on a separate, more secured network. Still, users have been encouraged to change their passwords as soon as possible, and to use a password that is different than the passwords they use on other sites.
The breach occurred earlier this year in February and March, “when attackers got their hands on a group of employee log-in credentials that allowed access to the database housing encrypted passwords. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that eBay became aware of this breach due to a detailed forensic analysis,” according to Security Today.
According to zdnet, eBay had recently voiced to the Australian Law Reform Commission that it is not in favor of statutory action as a result of privacy breaches. “The Australian Law Reform Commission was tasked last year to review serious invasions of privacy in the digital era, and potential statutory causes of action against companies or individuals in cases of privacy breaches. In a submission to the inquiry, eBay’s acting head of corporate affairs Sassoon Grigorian said that given the company’s own approach to privacy, such an action ‘need not be considered at this point.’”
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