Ebay, the auction site which has over 233 million customers worldwide and more than 14 million in the UK has been compromised due to a cyber-attack.
While the company have urged customers to change their passwords in order to remain safe on the site, the financial arm of the site, PayPal, has released statements detailing how financial information has not been affected by the cyber-attack.
The hack was detected 2 weeks ago and has affected databases which hold lots of customer information such as email addresses, phone numbers, date of birth and addresses due to the fact that the data was not encrypted and so was accessible to the hackers.
The fact that this type of information has been left open and available to the hacker’s means that many affected will be at risk of identity theft and phishing attacks from third parties trying to gain access to bank details and other sensitive information.
Hackers apparently ‘compromised a small number of employee log-in credentials’ according to the company, which then allowed access to parts of ebay’s network.
The auction site has been urging its customers to change their passwords via email and on the website.
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