eBay urged users on Wednesday to change their passwords after a cyberattack compromised a company database containing passwords and other data, though the company said it has not detected any related unauthorized account activity.
The company said it has not discovered evidence to suggest the cybercriminals gained access to financial or credit card information, which is reportedly stored separately. The database contained information such as email, password, address, phone number and date of birth.
During the breach, which occurred between late February and early March, some employee login credentials were also compromised—a problem detected just two weeks ago by cyber forensics analysts.
eBay bidders who signed up to use the service received emails recommending that they change their password on the website and on other sites where the same password is used.
“Information security and customer data protection are of paramount importance to eBay, and eBay regrets an inconvenience or concern that this password reset may cause our customers,” a company statement said. “We know our customers trust us with their information, and we take seriously our commitment to maintaining a safe, secure and trusted global marketplace.”