More than 15 million Britons at risk of identity theft after eBay hacked
World’s biggest online security breach leaves passwords – as well as names, addresses and telephone numbers – of 233 million eBay users worldwide in hands of hackers
More than 15 million British users of eBay could be at risk of identity theft after their personal data were stolen in the world’s biggest online security breach, the auction website warned on Wednesday night.
The company told all of its customers urgently to change not only their eBay passwords but also those for any other accounts with the same password.
It admitted that the name, address, date of birth, telephone number, email address and password of every eBay account holder – 233 million people worldwide – was in the hands of the hackers.
After the announcement, MPs accused the US-based firm of an “inexcusable” delay in admitting that its servers had been accessed by hackers up to three months ago. Security experts warned that the delay greatly increased the risk of criminals using the information to access bank accounts and other online accounts, particularly in cases where people use their eBay password for several websites.