EBay is urging all users to change their passwords following a cyber attack that compromised one of the auction site’s databases.
According to today’s announcement, the database contained encrypted passwords, but there is no evidence that financial or credit card data was accessed or compromised, or that there was any unauthorized activity on eBay users’ accounts.
Still, eBay suggests that everyone change their passwords; users will be reminded starting today via email, the Web, and other channels.
The hack, which occurred between late February and early March, was detected only two weeks ago. EBay has since conducted “extensive tests” on its networks before issuing today’s warning.
“Information security and customer data protection are of paramount importance to eBay Inc., and eBay regrets any inconvenience or concern that this password reset may cause our customers,” the company said in a statement.
“We know our customers trust us with their information,” eBay said, “and we take seriously our commitment to maintaining a safe, secure and trusted global marketplace.”