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eBay urging you to change password after they were hacked

eBay is urging their users to change their passwords following a "cyber attack that compromised an eBay database."

On the PayPal community page, the company says the attack accessed encrypted password and non-financial information.  PayPal is owned by eBay. 

eBay says their is no sign that personal or financial information on PayPal customers was accessed in the attack.  They say those data are stored separately and encrypted.

Users will be notified directly sometime today about the cyber attack with the advice to change passwords.  eBay also urges users to change passwords on other sites that match their eBay or PayPal passwords.

For more information on the cyber attack, you can go to PayPal's community page:  https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/PayPal-Forward/eBay-To-Ask-Users-to-Change-Their-Passwords-No-Evidence-PayPal/ba-p/815612

The database was hacked sometime between late February and early March, but compromised employee log-in credentials were first detected two weeks ago.

EBay owns electronic payment service PayPal, but eBay says there is no evidence PayPal information was hacked, since that information is stored separately on a secure network.

The attack follows several other high-profile hacking incidents, including a massive data breach at Target stores and the spread of the computer security flaw nicknamed "Heartbleed." Heartbleed took advantage of a flaw in a key piece of security technology used by more than 500,000 websites that had been exposing online passwords and other sensitive data to potential theft for more than two years.

And during the Target credit data breach last year, hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers and personal information for 70 million people.

Shares of eBay Inc. fell 31 cents to $51.65 in morning trading.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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