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By Tim Sandle     May 25, 2014 in Technology
Trading site eBay is facing investigations in the U.S. and the U.K. over its huge data breach which led it to ask 145 million customers to reset their passwords.
Three U.S. states (Connecticut, Florida and Illinois) are investigating the theft of names, email addresses and other personal data; in addition, the U.K.'s information commissioner is working with European data authorities with a view to taking action against eBay.
Last week, Internet trading giant eBay announced on Wednesday that it had been hit by a cyber attack. However, the company was criticized for its slow reaction in informing customers about the theft of personal data.
eBay did not tell customers about the cyber attack that compromised the details of 145 million users immediately because it thought the customer data was safe, the Daily Mail has revealed. The eBay database was hacked between late February and early March. Hackers took away each eBay customers' name, encrypted password, email address, home address, phone number and date of birth.
Speaking to the BBC, the U.K.'s information commissioner said that the eBay breach was "very serious." He added: "There's millions of U.K. citizens affected by this, and we've been clear that we're monitoring it, but by taking the wrong action under the law now we risk invalidating any investigation."
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