A cyber attack which led to the data breach of approximately 145 million users’ personal information reared its head this week, as eBay clamoured to reclaim control of its security by obligating its customers to change their passwords.
Personal but non-financial information had been breached after cyber criminals seized “a small number of employee log-in credentials”; phone numbers, addresses, passwords and full names.
Luckily, as yet no evidence has surfaced of this information being used anywhere for nefarious purposes, but the event has exposed the level of trust citizens place in companies which cannot or do not necessarily protect our data.
Shockingly, it was revealed that eBay, a multinational online shopping and auctioning site, responded with scant urgency following the initial breach in February. Requesting only this month that users change their passwords, a surge in site activity crashed its server.
Thanks to http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2014/05/27/ebay-data-breach-highlights-growing-need-for-personal-data-security