Ramblings of an old Doc


There’s been an apparently successful cyberattack on eBay. Thanks for pm’ing me, Hank.

eBay issued a statement in which they’re asking users to change their passwords because of an attack which compromised their database of encrypted passwords and non-financial data:

“Cyberattackers compromised a small number of employee log-in credentials, allowing unauthorized access to eBay's corporate network, the company said. Working with law enforcement and leading security experts, the company is aggressively investigating the matter and applying the best forensics tools and practices to protect customers….

“After conducting extensive tests on its networks, the company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats. However, changing passwords is a best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users.” – ebay

Then, eBay stated:

The database, which was compromised between late February and early March, included eBay customers’ name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth. However, the database did not contain financial information or other confidential personal information. The company said that the compromised employee log-in credentials were first detected about two weeks ago. Extensive forensics subsequently identified the compromised eBay database, resulting in the company’s announcement today.

Sorry, eBay. You had the responsibility to notify back then!

Anyway…change your passwords and try not to choose 123456789. That one’s mine.



on May 21, 2014

Thanks for posting, Seth.

Good policy to change passwords on a regular basis.   

on May 21, 2014

Sorry I took yours...


on May 21, 2014

Thank You just went to my account and changed immediately. Again thanks for the heads up! 

on May 21, 2014

on Jun 05, 2014

How did you get the same password I use?

on Jun 05, 2014

Again I find myself fortunate... like other large/popular business concerns on the net, I don't use ebay, nor its payment offshoot, Paypal.

My dealings tend to be with small(er) businesses that do not have anywhere near the level of popularity as ebay, etc, so they tend to be off the radar as far as hackers are concerned.  That could change, however, and this is a timely reminder to once again change my passwords.


How did you get the same password I use?

And I'm wondering how you managed to get away with using my photo as ID to open your account.