UK’s data watchdog eyes probe into eBay’s ‘very serious’ breach

Regulatory trouble is brewing for eBay on both sides of the Atlantic, with watchdogs making plans to investigate how a recent security breach occurred.

eBay is facing a possible European investigation into the breach of its systems, following the launch of a joint probe by three US states into how the auction company handles security.

Details compromised in the breach, which were made public earlier this week included customers’ names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. eBay hasn’t said how many of its more than 145 million customers’ details were compromised, however.

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