Very recently the giant online marketplace eBay has experienced a most unexpected ‘cyber attack’ on their valuable database. This database was full of information regarding encrypted passwords including various non-financial facts about customers.
The company has reported it has 145 million active online buyers at the end of their first quarter. So naturally the stolen database which included so many details like names, encrypted passwords, residential addresses, contact numbers, e-mail addresses including dates of birth also, was definitely a voluminous one.
However, the eBay management has requested all its customers to change their pass words to safeguard their respective information against any undesirable incident. But obviously it is not an easy task as the list of customers they currently have is huge in number.
The senior vice president of engineering at iBoss Network Security, Simon Eappariello also said the same thing. To contact so many users on this issue and also taking necessary steps to implement those changes seems to be almost unthinkable. But apparently it seems there is no other option left!
Avivah Litan, is a security analyst with a Stamford based technology research company called Gartner said unfortunately with the increased rate of cyber crime this has become the new practice these days which we are bound to follow in spite of our inconveniences.
She also said, due to this kind of cyber stealing, banks and its customers are also facing severe problems these days. Quite often the criminals are breaking passwords and hacking the accounts for various unfair practices. And this way the criminals are collecting and building a huge data base of such stolen pass words to wrongly try and use them for committing various unscrupulous acts.
But eBay recently has assured its customers and users through an official statement that even after thorough investigations no stress of hacking or misusing any data has not yet found. So according to them, every one can remain out of the tension as there is no evidence of loosing any financial data.
Furthermore, the eBay authority did not forget to mention, that the criminals could not capture company’s financial data as they have encrypted credit card information and stored separately in another database. The same thing is stressed in case of PayPal details also.
But after this traumatic incident, the management is being extra cautious in maintaining security about their customer’s personal information. As a result eBay is also motivating its users to change their passwords whoever has made it to be common on other sites also. Not only that they are also trying to put best possible efforts to implement stronger protections and more tight feasted rules so that henceforth no one experiences any such incident on their site.