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eBay Database Hacked With Stolen Employee Credentials
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Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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5/21/2014 | 2:11:24 PM
eBay Database Hacked With Stolen Employee Credentials.
Soon we are gonna have to start using tokens to login to any site. Passwords being stolen are starting to be common place. Lets start a trend, call for multi-factor for all sites. Just a thought.
Kurt Johnson
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Kurt Johnson,
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5/21/2014 | 4:49:45 PM
eBay hack shines light on failure of many organizations
This latest data breach news from eBay also shines a light on the fact that organizations fail to monitor user access activity for abnormal patterns on a continuous basis. The attack, carried out when hackers compromised employee log-in credentials and obtained unauthorized access to eBay's corporate network, is becoming classic (think Target). In fact, the 2014 Verizon DBIR highlighted this type of breach in their "insider and privilege misuse" section; noting the common hacking technique of stealing credentials and then escalating privileges to gain access to sensitive information. So, what can organizations do to quell the effects of this type of breach? Our prescription: reduce the threat surface, and detect permissions escalation and abnormal behavior by cleaning up IAM's most wanted offenders (abandoned, orphan and privileged accounts, and unnecessary entitlements). Better controls around user access combined with actively monitoring who is accessing what, when, where and why is critical to helping defray such attacks. 
RetiredUser
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RetiredUser,
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5/21/2014 | 7:21:57 PM
Monitoring Needs Higher Budget Consideration
Like any other aspect of security implementation, I think companies balk at user access/usage pattern monitoring when they look at the infrastructure requirements.  And they shouldn't: social and soft cyber-crime can be the most dangerous, and malevolent staff are the weak link in most companies.  Monitoring should be at the top of the budget for security, from key-card usage to http gets, and phone call patterns to lunch habits.  Anyone who worries about a "big brother" environment isn't taking their responsibility to keep company assets secure seriously.  People security reaches to all levels, from technical access to work satisfaction.  Human psychology familiarity is a necessary tool in today's discipline of InfoSec and, sadly, it's time to start assuming every employee is a security risk factor.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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5/21/2014 | 10:15:28 PM
Paypal and eBay Correlations
One thing to point out here is that eBay acquired Paypal back in the early 2000's. Having been a member of both I know that the password set standards use to be identical, I can't remember if paypal changed their standards.

If phishing is noteworthy in this instance, pointed out from eBay inc than that means email addresses were compromised or usernames, something of that ilk. I would highly recommend changing your paypal password as well because although security professionals understand that it may not be a good idea to have passwords be the same; the average person enjoys simplicity. It very may be that many people have the same credentials for both.

I urge everyone to change their paypal password as well, especially if it matches their eBay password. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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5/22/2014 | 11:10:50 AM
Re: eBay hack shines light on failure of many organizations
Until companies stop getting a pass that this is "business as usual," I don't see this happening. You want to reward those large corporations that don't get hacked -- but doing so would put a big target on them (or, really, an even bigger target on their networks). Surely some organizations are doing security right?
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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5/22/2014 | 11:12:33 AM
Re: Paypal and eBay Correlations
I completely agree, despite eBay's protestations to the contrary. It took several weeks for eBay to alert users to this breach. We've seen other instances where a company's initial breach was downplayed, only to eventually be determined to encompass many millions more users or be much more far-reaching than originally thought. Why take the chance?


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