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US states probe eBay cyber attack as customers complain

Published on May 23, 2014 3:58 AM
 
EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive cyber attack as three US states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BOSTON/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive cyber attack as three US states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices.

Connecticut, Florida and Illinois said they are conducting a joint investigation of the matter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested eBay provide free credit monitoring for everyone affected, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Details about what happened are still unclear because eBay has provided few details about the attack, which is under investigation by the FBI and a cyber forensics firm. It is also unclear what legal oversight the states had to respond to eBay's handling of matter.

The states' quick move to investigate the attack shows that authorities are serious about holding companies accountable for securing consumer data following high-profile breaches at other companies, including retailers Target Corp, Neiman Marcus and Michaels Stores and the credit monitoring bureau Experian Plc.

 
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