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Hackers got 145 million accounts in the eBay breach

22 May

 EBAY EARNS

EBay falls in line behind Adobe as having one of the biggest data breaches in history after hackers accessed 145 million user accounts.

The recent cyberattack that compromised eBay Inc. user accounts may go down as the second-biggest information breach in history: 145 million user records were affected, Reuters reported.

The breach is eclipsed only by an attack on software maker Adobe Systems Inc. last October, when data from 152 million accounts was stolen, according to the article. Security experts are advising users to remain alert to fraud situations, especially if the same password is used for multiple accounts.

EBay revealed the breach on Wednesdaywhen it advised users to change their passwords, though the cyberattack actually happened three months ago, between February and March. The company said passwords were encrypted and hackers gained access to records where they copied “a large part” of data. Records contained email addresses, birth dates and physical addresses, along with other personal information.

The company has hired FireEye Inc.’s Mandiant forensics division to investigate the breach

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