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eBay asks 145 million users to change their passwords following cyber attack

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 May 2014 10:22 User comments (20)

eBay asks 145 million users to change their passwords following cyber attack Earlier this week, it was confirmed that popular online marketplace eBay was hit by a cyber attack and personal information for a substantial amount of users was stolen.
Yesterday, the company urged 145 million users to change their passwords, and to change those passwords on other sites if they use the same username and password elsewhere.

The company acknowledged that emails, encrypted passwords, birth dates and full mailing addresses were stolen during the attack from late March. Financial information and PayPal details were not compromised.

EBay spokeswoman Amanda Miller said the company uses "sophisticated," proprietary hashing and salting for passwords, but security analysts believe it is just a matter of time before they are unscrambled.

The company added that there had not been any increase in fraudulent activity on the site since the breach. Attackers managed to obtain logins for some eBay employees, giving them access to the corporate network and eventually to exploit databases.

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20 user comments

123.5.2014 22:01

I change my password once every 3 months; worst case I just get my Credit Card company to send me a new account #.

224.5.2014 12:39

We finalise all transactions on Puppy Linux... suck on that crooks. :P



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325.5.2014 10:44

Originally posted by Jemborg:
We finalise all transactions on Puppy Linux... suck on that crooks. :P



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Attackers managed to obtain logins for some eBay employees, giving them access to the corporate network and eventually to exploit databases.
doesn't actually matter what you use they have the details of ebay employees and have accessed the database not your specific pc.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

427.5.2014 3:58

The sooner the world ends the better...


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528.5.2014 10:01

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
We finalise all transactions on Puppy Linux... suck on that crooks. :P



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Attackers managed to obtain logins for some eBay employees, giving them access to the corporate network and eventually to exploit databases.
doesn't actually matter what you use they have the details of ebay employees and have accessed the database not your specific pc.
I was talking in general.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right

630.5.2014 12:17

I think they have acted quickly and judiciously. You are forced to verify who you are and play 20 questions before you can change your password and log in.

730.5.2014 22:15

Originally posted by Mez:
I think they have acted quickly and judiciously. You are forced to verify who you are and play 20 questions before you can change your password and log in.
I agree Mez, unlike so many other companies e.g., Target, who continued to lie about the severity of their leak,trying to cover up, and not protecting their customers like ebay has in this case. I don't like to have to change passwords but at least we had immediate coverage on this debacle.

82.6.2014 7:15

Originally posted by Mr-Movies:
I agree Mez, unlike so many other companies e.g., Target, who continued to lie about the severity of their leak,trying to cover up, and not protecting their customers like ebay has in this case. I don't like to have to change passwords but at least we had immediate coverage on this debacle.
I know someone in the CC business and really looked into the Target breach. They were not following CC credit info storage 101. You only keep what you need for as long as you need. You permanently keep transaction #s not CC info. You store the CC info as encrypted data until you get paid then you delete everything but the transaction #. He said most smaller companies that handle their own CCs follow this practice it is the giant companies who are run by incompetents that don't care.

If you think Target is bad, Google Wyndham data breach. They make Target look like geniuses. They are suing the FTC trying to evade paying for damages. They didn't do anything right.

I don't like changing passwords either...
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92.6.2014 23:04

I only mentioned Target as they were the last perpetrator but it isn't incompetence for the reasons they keep that data, they use it for marketing statistical trending and it is done on purpose which makes their cover up even worst.

103.6.2014 3:40

He's right though. With a few exceptions most companies delete CC numbers after payment. Maybe Target was one of those exceptions (like Amazon, PSN, Paypal etc.).



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113.6.2014 15:56

They keep the transaction numbers which can be linked back to the CC but has no value to a hacker. I agree the data may be used for marketing.

123.6.2014 20:39

Thanks for the info Mez we do seem to be on the same track most of the time.

Jem, I haven't talked with you in a while just one new update, I just got a Samsung UN55HU8550 UHD TV and just love it. It is way better then my Plasma and of course normal LED/LCD's. Watching a 4K movie or Docu is just awesome to say the least. I didn't get the Curved but I probably should have in retrospect.

133.6.2014 22:10

Hey M-M,

flipping awesome dude! Cowabunga! Crikey, to game on that! I was just recently considering with a friend that you probably wouldn't need new gfx for the higher res just turn down the AA.

Better than plaz? Really? That's good. I was wondering about that. As you know, as far as I'm concerned normal LCD looks like utter shit. My father-in-law bought a new Pana 42" LCD the other day and... egh. Even at that smaller size. So disappointing. Horrible highlights, asinine artefacts... How's yours go displaying the other resolutions?

Bugger hindsight, I'm not sold on Curved myself. Looks like it demands a sweet-spot like the old rear-projection sets.

I'd be happy for you if I wasn't so jealous. :)



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143.6.2014 22:47

With poor SD shows you definitely see artifacts if viewing normal up -scaling. But if you use one of their custom view modes it is still damn nice. With remastered SD's it is super and you can view normal. When you are using custom viewing modes you are viewing in native mode to your source so the displayed screen is much smaller and some people wouldn't like that, it doesn't bother me as I like the best viewing resolution possible regardless of filling the screen.

The viewing angles are fantastic, even vertically, much better then any other flat screen I've ever seen. The other fantastic thing about UHD is you can be very close to the screen without pixel issues you would have with 1080p.

As to Curve, your concerns are exactly why I didn't get one but I find now that I was wrong, somewhat, due to the greater viewing angles of these new TV's. The curve does give you a panarama effect and at first it takes a bit to get use to but where it is best is with 3D. I'm not a big 3D fan but the curve definately enhances the 3D effect which improves on the poor 3D we have today.

If you don't need a TV right now you may want to wait until this fall as Vizio is producing a equivalent TV series to mine that will run between $1000 USD to $1500 USD (50, 55, 65 inch TV's).

Gaming and PC usage is superb on this TV so I would highly suggest one for gamers and high-end PC users. No need to get a new video card either in most cases....

No worries to be jealous I'm sure you'll have one soon. Heck my mom's been bugging me for one since she saw mine so I'll be getting her the Vizio this fall possibly. :D

Always nice Jem, take care.....

154.6.2014 20:17

Originally posted by Mr-Movies:
Thanks for the info Mez we do seem to be on the same track most of the time.

Yes, you and Jem are right minded, whatever that means??

166.6.2014 23:43

Cheers.

I think gaming on 4K in 3D would be cool bananas on account of the greater depth-of-field. Unlike 3D movies you can look pretty well where you like on the z-axis and it will be be in focus. Same as the real world. Pulling focus is what movie makers do to draw our attention to things. It's part of the art. This works fine in 2D flicks but you constantly have to work out where the hell it's placed in 3D flicks. A headache for fast edited filums... esp with the crap frame rate. I don't mind seeing a 3D flick occasionally but I can't keep it up forever... it's tiring work. Imagine if life was like that where you constantly have to work out where the arbitrarily changing focal point was placed? I hope I'm being clear...

So I guess, going on what you are saying, it would be great to game in 3d with a Curved screen but I'm still not sold on Curved for 2D yet.

Unfortunately M-M Vizio does not sell here and you can bet whatever it costs in the USA it's twice that in Oz... at least... probably more :/

Aldi is coming to town... maybe things will change.




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177.6.2014 6:28

If they demo the Samsung's in a store near you I'd check out the Curved HU9000's which they will/should demo 4K/2D samplers, I think you'll be impressed even with 2D display. I get the focal point shifts and fully agree with the gaming aspects.

Sorry they don't sell Vizio's Down Under, that's too bad since they provide a pretty nice TV at a smaller price point.

188.6.2014 10:24

http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/buyonline..._TV_UA55HU9000W Nearly 4 grand AU$.

I think I saw it there already when I was looking for something else. Not Bad. But they always put the best pics on there don't they?

I reckon 4K's the future. My mate is really keen on a 4k projector for gaming. That sounds damn dear though. At the mo I'll stick with my plaz till LCD imaging improves or something better comes along. It's all very well having higher res but if they don't actually improve the rest of the tech... I can't believe the artefacts on LCD! I reckon you got the best going though. I'll take another look on your recommendation.

Sales guy reckons there's something new coming along. Cheaper and better than OLED. Well that remains to be seen doesn't it? But here's hoping.




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199.6.2014 20:23

OLED will be the next step but for now they are too new to jump into. 8K will also be the the next jump with OLED around the same time.

I got away from Plasma for a couple of reasons, weight (too heavy), longevity (they don't last long), and burnin/degradation.

Like I said my new Sammy is very nice and better for shading and colour then my old Sammy Plasma which is on it's last leg and why I bought this TV. I have yet to find someone that isn't totally impressed.

2010.6.2014 1:51

Fair enough.

I've not had any burn-in. I once panicked after playing WoW for a while and had some HUD image retention for a bit. But that was early days. I know they are meant to lose luminance but we've not noticed. I think that plateaus anyway. At this time it's really really good still... knock-on-wood (I don't want to jinx it haha). A friend of mine postulates it's because we got the first model 1080p 50" Pana plaz in the country and whist it was f*ckin expensive at the time they used the very best quality components available.


I'll check out your 4K sammy again. Maybe with some fast moving images. But can't see ourselves getting one yet. Maybe when that Aldi store opens we'll see what they've got. It's been a bit hit interstate.

Still jealous but :)

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