An online shopping fan? Think again. If you a regular visitor of eBay, you must have already received a mail to reset your password from the provider. The reason is, there was a massive attack on eBay which could lead it’s 145 million active users into trouble. This attack could definitely be a threat to all those users in all the ways one cannot even imagine.
Ebay sent out mails to all its users to reset their password for the same reason. A threat to this online shopping company is a threat to the personal information, like names, email ids, mailing addresses and dates of birth of all its users. This kind of data cannot be changed like your password and the hackers can do a lot of trick and tweak with that information in order to harm you. The intruders have access to this customer information. As the report says, “Many password-reset questions involve a birthday, phone number and physical address. At the very least, this sort of data would make it easy for criminals attempting to bypass security settings. It could also be used to aid identity-theft schemes.” Though eBay sent out the mails, few heads were still on gas. However, eBay has assured its users that no bank, finance or credit/debit card information has been compromised.
According to Brendan Rizzo, technical director of Voltage Security, EBay took the users’ data very leniently when everything should be encrypted.
So if you haven’t signed into EBay yet, do it and change the password.