Governments Probe eBay After Data Breach

ebay was under attack -- now it is under investigation. After admitting to a data breach earlier this week, the online auction giant is now under investigation by multiple government agencies.

On Tuesday, eBay asked users to change their passwords in the wake of a cyberattack that compromised one of its databases. Unfortunately, it was a database that included eBay customers' names, encrypted passwords, e-mail addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

At the root of the matter is employee log-in credentials, a small number of which eBay said cyberattackers breached to gain stealth access to its corporate network. Although eBay said thereEUs no evidence of unauthorized activity on user accounts or credit card information -- which they stressed was stored separately in encrypted formats -- government authorities are launching investigations of their own.

Governments Get Involved

According to Reuters, Illinois, Florida and Connecticut are leading a probe into the massive data breach and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is asking for free credit monitoring for everyone affected. eBay could not immediately be reached for comment.

EUThe magnitude of the reported eBay data breach could be of historic proportions, and my office is part of a group of other attorneys general in the country investigating the matter,EU said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. EUWe must do everything in our power to protect consumersEU personal information, which is exactly why I worked with the Florida Legislature on the Florida Information Protection Act.EU

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom watchdogs also expressing concern. BBC News is reporting that the Information CommissionerEUs Office (ICO) is getting involved.

"There's millions of U.K. citizens affected by this, and we've been clear that we're monitoring it, but by taking the wrong action under the law now we risk invalidating any investigation," Christopher Graham, an ICO spokesman, told the BBC.

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