(PRWEB UK) 5 June 2014
The article ‘More than 15 million Britons at risk of identity theft after eBay hacked’ from the Telegraph on 21st May 2014 by Matthew Sparkes, Gordon Rayner and Steven Swinford also highlighted the failure of the company to deal with the security breach effectively. It revealed that there had been an ‘inexcusable’ delay by eBay in informing their customers of this major security breach. The company had admitted that the breach had happened in late February and early March. However the breach was only discovered and reported to the media and customers at the beginning of May. Security experts condemned eBay, stating that this delay could greatly increase the chances of this stolen information being used in criminal activities. The Chief Executive of Iboss Network Security, Paul Martini, commented that eBay was the ‘golden goose’ of targets for active hackers. This is because the company holds detailed amounts of data about its clients. Mr Martini went on to say that in terms of the delay in identifying and notifying customers “The damage could well have already been done, as the time lag between the cyber breach and the discovery of the breach is in months.”
The Telegraph article revealed that information was stolen when hackers used a company employee’s login details to access the secure servers. They then accessed and downloaded information about millions of customers held on these servers. Stolen information from millions of customers included names, account passwords, telephone numbers and addresses. This could be used to steal identities, set up false financial accounts and numerous other fraudulent and criminal activities. Customers of eBay had been advised to change their passwords, and also those on any other accounts which were secured with the same password.
Wolverhampton Private Investigators (http: //http://www. privatedetective-wolverhampton.co.uk) warn web users not to be complacent when using the Internet. Online security breaches are more common than people realise. This can mean that the personal data of millions of people around the globe can fall into the hands of identity thieves, fraudster and other criminals. It has never been more important to protect your online information. Chief Investigator Mark Noble recommends that you change your online passwords regularly and keep them absolutely confidential. Mark highlights the necessity to “stay vigilant with your online accounts and carry out frequent checks to ensure no suspicious activity has taken place”. Private investigators have in-depth knowledge in online security and can help clients to stay safe and free from fraud online.
If you need any help or advice with securing your personal information or investigating potential scams then contact Wolverhampton Private Investigators now. Mark is ready to take your call on 01902 582 129