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Customers Expected to Be Hit Hard After eBay Data Breach



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    E-commerce website eBay is the newest big corporation with a data breach to shake off.

    This week, active eBay users received emails from the online marketplace, suggesting the changing of passwords.

    Between February and March, a reported 145 million eBay customers’ names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, home addresses and birth dates were compromised, but their financial data remained reportedly safe. Hackers figured out eBay employee credentials, which helped them gain access to the eBay database.

    Just because credit card information wasn’t stolen, doesn’t mean it isn’t as serious as, say, the Target Corp. breach disclosed last December, where 40 million credit card numbers were compromised. That’s according to Norman Balchunas, coordinator and director of strategic solutions at Drexel University’s Cybersecurity Institute.

    “Everyone has to be more concerned with their own personal privacy,” he said. Read more about this story on

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