Last week, eBay announced in a press release that it incurred a data breach between late February and early March. eBay requested that all of its 145 million users change their passwords as a “precautionary measure.” eBay reported that hackers stole encrypted passwords and other personal information, including names, e-mail addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. It has not yet been determined how many accounts were compromised, but eBay is maintaining that no financial information, including credit card information, was stolen. PayPal information is also being reported as safe.
As of now, this breach appears less severe than the breach that crushed Target. However, initially, Target’s reported breach ended up being a microcosm of the actual nature and extent of the breach. Stay tuned as more information is uncovered.