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eBay: “Millions” of passwords changed after site hacked

eBay: “Millions” of passwords changed after site hacked

Millions of eBay users have already changed their passwords after the auction site was hacked, eBay has confirmed, updating its homepage to finally make clear to visitors that their information could have been stolen. The security breach - which eBay revealed earlier this week, several months after it's believed to have actually taken place - saw everything but payment details taken by hackers.

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eBay hack triggers US/EU investigations as database leak denied

eBay hack triggers US/EU investigations as database leak denied

The eBay hack has brought the online auction site under international investigation, with the company's handling of personal data being questioned by regulators in the US and abroad. eBay announced earlier this week that its database of user details - including names, addresses, email and phone numbers, and date of birth - had been hacked into and records stolen. Now, investigators are looking at whether eBay mishandled those records.

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eBay hack handling slammed as stolen data allegedly hawked

eBay hack handling slammed as stolen data allegedly hawked

eBay has been slammed by security experts for how it handled notifying users of recent account hacks, with the auction site's decision to send out password change emails criticized for being far too similar to how phishing exploits work. The site recommended that all users change their login credentials after discovering that hackers had raided their databases in mid-Q1, but the method by which it did so may not have been the safest.

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Facebook Privacy Checkup sheds light on sharing

Facebook Privacy Checkup sheds light on sharing

Facebook will run every one of its 1bn+ users through a new Privacy Checkup that flags up potentially unwanted sharing, as the social network responds to ongoing criticisms that it makes inadvertently spilling secrets too easy. The new tool, which will be rolled out to existing Facebook users over the next few weeks, highlights some of the primary concerns they have voiced, and highlights the options and settings which could help mitigate them. Meanwhile, there are changes afoot for new Facebook sign-ups, too.

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Facebook goes button crazy: Relationship “Ask” and “I’m a Voter”

Facebook goes button crazy: Relationship “Ask” and “I’m a Voter”

Facebook is going button crazy, adding a new - and slightly creepy - "Ask" button to check up on someone's relationship status, and reportedly intending to roll out an "I'm a Voter" button to encourage election engagement. The "Ask" button for current relationship is an extension of the similar options for things like employment and contact details, but Facebook has now made it easier to to find out whether someone is dating.

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Google “right to be forgotten” tool reportedly in works

Google “right to be forgotten” tool reportedly in works

Google is reportedly cooking up an automated tool that will allow users to submit "right to be forgotten" requests, expecting a flood of demands to be pared from the search engine's index after a recent EU ruling. The decision by the European Union last week that users had a right to have links to inaccurate information cut from search listings was met with scorn from Google chairman Eric Schmidt, but that hasn't stopped the company's coders from apparently swinging into action to semi-automate the process.

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Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has lashed out at the European Union ruling that individuals have the right to remove themselves from search results, arguing EU "was wrong" in its decision, which has already seen politicians and pedophiles request to be deleted from the search giant's index. "You have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know," Schmidt said during Google's annual stockholder meeting, when asked whether he felt the decision would have an impact on the company's bottom line.

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