Not a False Alarm: eBay Hacked
Site will ask users to change their password later today
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 21, 2014 9:22 AM CDT
The eBay sign is seen at eBay headquarters in San Jose, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – It's not a false alarm after all: eBay really has been hacked, the company confirmed this morning following a confusing rescinded announcement. At about 1:30am, eBay's PayPal unit posted a message headlined "eBay Inc. to Ask All eBay Users to Change Passwords," Reuters reports, but the body of the post said only "place holder text." That page was soon quietly taken down, but not before it had spread on Twitter.

But now, the online auction giant is confirming for CNET that hackers did indeed breach its "corporate information network," making off with users' passwords. In a blog post, the company said it would ask users to change their passwords later today, both on eBay and on any other sites where they're using the same password. "We believe there may be a large number of accounts involved," a spokesperson said. There's no evidence, however, that any financial information was taken, or of unauthorized activity on eBay accounts.

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John Iavarone
May 21, 2014 12:13 PM CDT
GOOD! Ebay is a corrupt, anti-seller platform that should have more competition.
May 21, 2014 11:11 AM CDT
Wait until you receive an email or text stating you pay up or face the consequences of your car going bonkers while driving in heavy traffic or your good credit wiped out or you telling your boss (by way of the hacker pretending to be you) to go to. We are so embedded with computer technology, we are condemned to a hazy life.
May 21, 2014 10:20 AM CDT
At some point, technology is going to place everybody in an equivalent position of walking around naked with your account access information tattooed on your butt.