EBay Asks Users to Change Passwords After Cyber-Attack – Bloomberg

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EBay Asks Users to Change Passwords After Cyber-Attack – Bloomberg.
EBay has been a mainstay in the Transformers and action figure after market for over a decade. Given the amount of us who use EBay regularly (Some of us even relying on it for income) we felt it important to repost this notification here.
Ebay claims to be sending out notifications to its users, however many of us have not received any notification at all.
Although EBay claims that any financial information is stored on separate, encrypted servers, the personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, etc may have been vulnerable so it is recommended that all users change their passwords immediately.
Cnet.com gives the following steps to changing your password.

  1. Sign into your eBay account at eBay’s home page.
  2. After you have logged in, hover over the down arrow at the top of the page next to your name. A dropdown menu displays a few options, including one for Account settings. Click the Account settings option.
  3. Your account page appears. On the left side, under my eBay Views, click the link for Personal Information.
  4. At the Personal Information page, a section called Account Information appears at the top with a setting for Password. Click the Edit link to the far right of the word Password.
  5. eBay prompts you to enter your email address or user ID. Type either one and then click Continue.
  6. eBay asks how you want to reset your password, either through email or a text message. Click the option you wish to use.
  7. Assuming you selected the email option, eBay sends you a Reset Your Password message. Click the link in the email. That link brings you to a page where you can enter your new eBay password. If you picked the text option instead, eBay displays a form to enter a PIN and texts you that PIN. Type the PIN in the appropriate field on that form, and the page to enter your new password appears.
  8. As always, try to devise a password that’s as strong as possible yet one you’ll remember. I know, I know, that’s not easy. As one idea, a good password manager can make the process of creating, storing, and using your passwords a lot more palatable.
  9. Enter your new eBay password once and then again to confirm it. eBay then prompts you to log in again with your new password.

With other breaches that have affected Transformers fans and collectors the past several years (Target, FunPub) it’s really a good practice to make sure you change your password at least every 6 months and don’t use the same password across multiple websites. If there is an option to NOT save your credit card date for future use, don’t be lazy — click the box that prevents it from being saved.
You can discuss this issue with fellow fans here on our forums