Ebay Customers Become the Next Victims of a Cyber Attack
May 27, 2014 Leave a comment
There has been a lot of controversy with Ebay lately – last Wednesday they admitted they had been victim of a cyber attack, and users needed to change their passwords. Even worse – the hackers were able to get access to customer information, which included names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. Millions more inactive accounts could also be affected.
On the bright side, the hackers didn’t have access to customers’ credit card information. Financial data is stored on a separate system.
However, this still looks to be just as bad as the Target attack, affecting millions of people. EBay representatives told Mashable the company had no idea how many of its 145 million active accounts were seen by the intruders.
While the hackers were not able to get a hold of credit card information, many password-reset questions involve personal information. If anything, the hackers may be able to bypass security settings on other sites using this information.
Security reporter Brian Krebs says it’s quite likely that the email addresses on this list will receive more spam. He says that spam will “probably include phishing attacks aimed at stealing login information and/or spreading malware.”
In order to avoid something like this affecting you, credit cards and banks offer protection against fraud. That same type of protection isn’t available for identity theft.