The database housed information on 145 million users

Half of Brits ‘wary of eBay’ after data breach

Following the news that one of eBay’s databases was hacked earlier this year, a recent poll reveals that 49 per cent of UK users have become wary of the auction site.

The research, which was conducted by YouGov for Clearswift, also found that 33 per cent of eBay users have already changed their passwords, with 52 per cent intending to do so in the near future.

The database housed information on 145 million users.

While there has been no evidence of members’ accounts being accessed, eBay contacted its customers last week, advising them to reset their passwords, revealing that the hack took place between late February and early March.

The firm’s corporate site explains that information was accessed by hackers after finding ‘a small number of employee log-in credentials’.

While the database included eBay customers’ name, encrypted password, email address, physically address, date of birth and phone number, it did not contain any financial information and there is no evidence that the PayPal money transfer service has been accessed.

Any users who have the same login details for both PayPal and eBay are being advised to change both.

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