eBay hacked, every user must change password


The same password should never be used across multiple sites or accounts.

sigh. People just don’nt understand human psychology

Yeah, because remembering eleventy-thirteen passwords and not having them written down is so fucking easy. When do I just get an Iris reader for my computer?


That’s what password managers are for. It’s annoying that they’re a bit of a hack, but they’re preferable to reusing passwords. That and being tied to a single machine is a bummer too unless you’re willing to carry around a USB stick with your password manager software on it and people are willing to let you plug it in.


It’s all well and good if you have only the one computer, but I also have a tablet, and the process of typing in overly complicated passwords on a touchscreen keyboard that’s split into Alphabet, Numbers and Symbols is not an entirely endearing one.


I recommend LastPass. It has a IOS and android app, the password vault is accessible via web interface and there is a browser plug-in for all common browsers. The Android app is even able to auto-fill/auto-login since the last update. The only password you have to remember is the LastPass Master-Password.

If you don’t like typing complicating passwords with Numbers and symbols on phones or tablets consider creating a longer password (more than 25 characters) by stringing together six simple words.


lastpass premium? You might argue that the cost is peanuts compared to “my daily double triple caramel machiatto in white wine sauce” but honestly, I think that’s a silly, wasteful, uneconomic habit too.

I’d prefer not to be nickled and dimed

The use of the browser plugin and the online access are free. The mobile apps indeed require the premium fee (1 dollar a month). It’s a matter of convenience - I don’t mind paying a small fee for not juggling around a dozen post-its with different passwords.

Keepass got some nice reviews too and its free (but no apps ;-( ).

No apps?



I stand corrected. Didn’t know that. Even better then.

Especially when you split your time between Tablet PC docked with a regular keyboard, Tablet PC undocked with the Windows 8.1 on-screen keyboard, the iPhone and its On-screen keyboard, and a random Android tablet with what ever input method is enabled on it… and anything beyond lowercase letters and a number thrown in becomes a pain in the ass.

So much for muscle memory


I’m sure ebay will respond to this issue with their usual charm, love and excellent customer service.



“The database, which was compromised between late February and early
March, included eBay customers’ name, encrypted password, email address,
physical address, phone number and date of birth.”

If the compromised data includes an “encrypted” password, then how could the password be compromised?

For one, it appears that now someone has all the ingredients for an offline attack.

The database, which was compromised between late February and early March

I’m so glad we have timely reporting laws here that require companies to notify their customers that their information has been stolen in time for said customers to actually do something about it.


Attacks on hashed passwords return around 40-95% of the passwords in the database with a typical attack, depending on the method of encryption used and the password requirements enforced.

Turns out people suck at choosing passwords, and website operators suck at implementing proper security.


I use ebay, and have yet to be notified that I must change my password, either via e-mail or by a flag on my account. Thank you, ebay, for your timely attention.

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When I changed my Paypal password I noticed that while I had the password I had forgotten my answers to the security questions.

You know, those questions that have the world’s worst passwords as their answers. If only I knew why I didn’t provide the obvious answers a decade ago.

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name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth. However, the database did not contain financial information or other confidential personal information.

That still sounds like a pretty good identity theft starter kit, given how non-diligent many places are.


Sooooo…anyone want to wager on when Amazon gets hacked?