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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed May 21 2014 08:10:30

PayPal Deletes Blog Post Warning eBay Users to Change Passwords

By: Ina Steiner

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Early this morning PayPal posted a disturbing message on its blog: "eBay Inc. To Ask All eBay Users To Change Passwords" The post has since been removed without explanation, but not before people tweeted the news, was picked up by Engadget and then by Reuters and other publications and blogs.

UPDATE: See blog post, eBay Hacked.



The post consisted only of the words, "Placeholder text" with an image of the eBay Inc. logo. One security blogger outlined various scenarios and recommended users should change their passwords.

The Twittersphere picked up on the PayPal message before it was deleted, with a selection of tweets below:

Lassi Virtanen ‏@LassiFI 1h
seems that @eBay wants you to change your password. Without no explanation and tagged under #leadership http://bit.ly/1oRobyD

Matt Cooper ‏@Smooth 2h
Worrying - @Paypal / eBay look to be lining up to ask all users to reset all passwords - https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/PayPal-Forward/ eBay-Inc-To-Ask-All-eBay-Users-To-Change-Passwords/ ba-p/815276 …

Tech news (BOT) ‏@tek_news 2h
HNews: EBay Inc. To Ask All eBay Users To Change Passwords http://bit.ly/1lE984V

Owen Williams ‏@ow 2h
nice job ebay https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/ PayPal-Forward/eBay-Inc-To-Ask-All-eBay-Users-To-Change-Passwords/ ba-p/815276 … pic.twitter.com/E8SfrH3oTt

Hack Alert News ‏@HackAlertNews 3h
EBay Inc. To Ask All eBay Users To Change Passwords http://ift.tt/1gkkK0C  #HB


We've sent an inquiry to our contacts at both eBay and PayPal and will update this post when we learn more.




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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Wed May 21 08:39:14 2014

Peachy.

I have the same question as in my ''eBay Hacked'' reply.  

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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 21 09:38:16 2014

No surprise..just another reason the eBay / Paypal cartel needs to be disbanded !

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Wed May 21 09:39:39 2014

So was ebay hacked or not and do people have to change passwords or not? Do any of the headless turkeys on the ebay board of directors know? I suppose this effects some of us old ebay sellers that still have 'active' accounts. But obviously ebay isn't talking to ebay users. The spin doctors are probably trying to find a way to make this the TRS' fault.

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by: JB This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 21 10:12:46 2014



PayPal Deletes Blog Post Warning eBay Users to Change Passwords...Just speculating since there is so much secrecy but...Could this itself be the hack?, I mean the notice itself to change passwords? If the statement was deleted from the pp site  could there must be some connect with personal data that is not being told to their users...jmo... Glad I don't use them.

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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 21 10:17:25 2014

PP new logo….Clever,…at first I was under-whelmed by the generic  ugly corporate logo which could represent anything with 2 P’s (pinkys pizza, potato palace , porky pig, pampered poodles etc………..) but then the genius of the design hit me…It really captures the essence of paypal…
The logo seems to be a stylized pair of blue butt-cheeks!
Symbolizing the fact that ebay/Preypal will steal your pants , and then leave you in the cold to freeze your arse off !
Brilliant ! Designed by somebody obviously much much smarter than you or me.

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by: GypsyWitch This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 21 15:14:29 2014

Aw don't worry - just a DEFECT GLITCH!!!!!

Right, Feebay???? LOL!!!!!!

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by: frustrated This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 21 16:41:21 2014

They should not only be FINANCIALLY liable for all identity theft resulting from this, but they should do the right thing

DONAHOE FIRED

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Wed May 21 18:31:12 2014

I'm never going to use eBay again... that's a fact. Should I cancel my account? Would that help to protect me? (Same question for PP... any benefit in just cancelling it outright?)

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by: expertbenefits This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 21 22:58:33 2014

Best thing is to tell people right away. Honesty & quick action are what people rely upon. If the UK telegraph is correct that this happened 3 months ago that is too long. Why when people speak of transparency do they behave less so?

I think everyone should change their password regardless. We should do that anyway from time to time.  At least there is no money in the eBay account. Use a verisign key with Paypal because that is where the money is just in case That is all i have to say until further is disclosed. It is too early to tell and I am sure someone will say more soon somewhere.                              

One thing I have had takeovers after all this time but so far no Paypal. They say most of it is due to spoof emails. Customers still blame Paypal when they click on a linkjust like some people blame the President when scammers ask for $400 to save on their electric bill and they send it. Whatever the situation the people holding accounts should always be informed.

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by: Cassie This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 22 07:04:45 2014

I've worked with IT Security at various contract large corporations. Accept the same strategy as they explained to me:

1)Assume your IT systems manager are outnumbered 1,000 to 1 every minute of every day.

2) Change your passwords routinely as it may take a while before noticed and granted they not only hack you but residual sell your data to others as a commodity.  

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by: gramophone-georg This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 22 15:36:32 2014

In eBay speak, "financial data not impacted"= "You're boinked".

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by: JenJen This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 23 13:43:29 2014

I never even got an email from eBay about a password change, or anything. I found about it on Yahoo though. They probably took off the blog post, because it was effecting business.

I pulled all my items off eBay cause I'm sure this hack is going to deter people from bidding on my items, and I usually start my auctions low. Say good-bye to good sales now :(  



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