BOSTON (Reuters) – EBay Inc said that hackers raided its network three months ago, accessing some 145 million user records in what is poised to go down as one of the biggest data breaches in history, based on the number of accounts compromised.

It advised customers to change their passwords immediately, saying they were among the pieces of data stolen by cyber criminals who carried out the attack between late February and early March.


7 thoughts on “Hackers raid eBay in historic breach, access 145 million records

  1. These hackers disgust me. They cause so much havok for so many people. I’ve read that European businesses have come up with more effective ways to combat hackers than we have, but that US companies have been reluctant to invest in those methods. Perhaps this incident, plus the incident with Target, will finally push US companies to do what Europe does. As advanced as the US is at many things, we are surprisingly behind in certain areas.


      • I read about it on huffingtonpost.com regarding the Target hacking incident from last year:

        “The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. That’s in part because U.S. credit and debit cards rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back of the card, which stores account information using the same technology as cassette tapes.

        In most countries outside the U.S., people carry cards that use digital chips to hold account information. The chip generates a unique code every time it’s used. That makes the cards more difficult for criminals to replicate. So difficult that they generally don’t bother.”

        I read a similar article in the NY Times. I’ll write a blog post about this becuase I think it’s important for people to know.


  2. Pingback: Why the U.S. is a Data Hacker’s Paradise | Illuminate

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